Historic Photo of the day: My Mother, Sarah Rabassa

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


When I hear politicians talk about “undocumented immigrants” and “make America great again,” I often think of my mother. 

She was not an immigrant. She was born a US citizen in Caguas, Puerto Rico, in 1928. 

She came to New York City in 1944 at age 16, and went to work immediately in the garment district, where she was paid twenty cents an hour. 

She worked in the garment district for 23 years, and saved every penny she could, so that I could go to college.  

She is gone now…and from a greater distance, I finally realize, that she dedicated most of her life to me. 

It is a debt that I will never be able to repay. 

One day, in her last few years, she sat at an old Singer sewing machine, and showed me what she did for 23 years.

Nelson and his mother

I will never measure up to my mother. Not many people can. But it is her, and people like her, that make America great. 

If I ever meet her again, I will make sure and tell her.


5 Comments on “Historic Photo of the day: My Mother, Sarah Rabassa

  1. My background is Germanic, and I am very proud of that because Germany gave the world many good people who helped others. But my late husband was Puerto Rican, and I lived him dearly. In my opinion, there are 2 kinds of people in this world: those who are Puerto Rican, and those who wish they were. ❤❤

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  2. O-M-G!!! Nelson … this post gives me chills!! You have to be so proud!!! Love her, cherish her … and you’re honoring her here!! Bless her …. reminds me of my parents too! ❤ …


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