BY: Rosy Espinosa
Experiencing Our Town:
In The Words of Women Immigrants in Columbus, Indiana
I am Rosy Espinosa. I was born in San Luis Potosí, México. My parents and my siblings are the best family anybody could have. I have a Bachelor’s degree in human resources and a master’s degree in organizational development. In Mexico, I worked for Cummins, Mabe Leiser and Valeo; the three companies were a great professional experience for me. In 1995, I married Luis Fernández. I met him working at Cummins and he is the man who I admire most in my life. Our son Carlos was born in 2002. He has been a blessing for us.
In October 2007, we moved to Columbus, Indiana, and I think that it has been one of the most important decisions we made as a family. Leaving my professional life when we came here was most difficult for me notwithstanding the obvious: having to leave my parents, siblings, friends, and my in-laws. However, the excitement of a new life experience was essential for quickly adapting to my new reality as a housewife. Luis’ support has been great for all these years.
I remember that the first cultural contrast to confront me was the typically expressive and warm way we have as Mexicans to meet new people; here, that does not apply. Usually in San Luis Potosí (my city), we greet each other, kiss and shake hands when we know someone and they did the same in return. With the real estate agent that helped us, we treated her like a good friend, but for her a kiss and a hug puzzled her. Then I understood.
In terms of the climate, the first snowfall we experienced was memorable. We took many photos and we shared them all with our family in San Luis Potosí, as it never snows there.
Here in Columbus friends became family to us and have been a great blessing. My son Carlos has lived most of his life here and he has grown up in an unbeatable environment. My spouse has had the opportunity to engage in different work experiences. I took a year before making the decision to resume my career and now I am part of Latino Education Group and I am very proud of it. Upon reflection, I reaffirm that it was an excellent decision to come to Columbus because this place has given us much satisfaction and is a great place to live.