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Maritza Martinez

Anasco, Puerto Rico


I was born into a small family of Puerto Rican immigrants in New York in 1966. Being raised in a Puerto Rican family in New York could be challenging sometimes due to many cultural issues that you would totally understand if you saw "Nothing Like the Holidays". When we were in middle school we relocated to Puerto Rico. I always remember my grandfather, which I called "Papito", went to pick us up in San Juan's airport in a "carro publico" which was sort of a taxi. We lived on the west coast of the Island so it was quite different from the big city we were coming from. After a three hour excruciating drive from the airport we were almost there, the most beautiful mountain I had ever seen. I can still remember my brother saying, "Wow, a cow!" What we didn't know is that cow was going to be responsible for our daily milk supply, thank God we weren't so conscious about pasteurization. Well, our lives went on learning a new language and making new friends. I always tell my husband that I fell in love with this Island that day, and never had the heart to leave as my brother Tom did when he turned 18. I finished school went on the college, married and have three wonderful children. A beautiful young women that soon will turn 21, and two great boys that are in there freshmen year at college this year. My motto in life are three simple words: "live, laugh, play".

Interests: History, Local Politics, Community Service, Nature

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