Whom To Admire

I’ve known a woman for over 20 years who’s worked as the cashier in a neighborhood grocery store.

Anya is her name, and one of the most impressive people I know.

A beautiful Latino in her 50s with one son, who just had his 28th birthday, she raised on her own who’s also an amazing human being.

When Stephano was small, so he could go to a good grammar school, Anya, knowing little English, cleaned for the nuns at Saint Ignatius Loyola in exchange for free tuition.  At night she ironed shirts to make extra money before getting her cashier’s job.

Stephano put himself through the University of Colorado in Boulder, working as a busboy then waiter at a local steakhouse.

When we met the other day, all I knew of her came flooding back.  The many candles she’s lit for me over the years.  That apple or Danish I’ll find in my bag.

“Did’a you eat loonch Suz’onna?” she’ll often ask, offering me part of hers.

All these magazine pieces profiling women of means and privilege don’t hold a candle to Anya, who rumor has it, ran across a field to hide in a truck when she was 18 to come to the Ou-nided-stets of Amedica, landing in Miami, or Mi’yom-ee as she so sweetly calls her first American home.

I’d like to write to Anna Wintour at Vogue or Oprah (and Donald Trump), and say, how bout doing a piece on a woman who had no one to help her, did everything herself managing to raise an upstanding son with integrity and manners, finally becoming a proud American citizen who has the right to vote.

Her story should sell quite a few copies, don’t you think?


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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52 Responses to Whom To Admire

  1. Or you could write it!

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  2. Coyote from Orion says:

    These are the amazing people who often seem to be attacked each political system they ask for help in. Their crime is following all the rules of humanity perfectly on the lowest wage. It must really embarrass those making big money telling us to do it or those of us who could be educated expensively to do it…. as I heard Steve Tyler sing when I drolped out…. take me to the other side 😅


  3. micklively says:

    My first thought on reading this piece was that you should write her biography. Then I found that Kate had already suggested it. Well, then let me second that suggestion. I think America needs a stirring tale of steadfast love and determination now. You ARE the woman to do it.

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  4. What a great story, and I’m sure there are so many more out there modestly taking a back seat to Kim K. and her big fat ass.
    I know I would be first in line to grab a copy of “The Faces That Make America Great” or “Tales From The Road To Freedom” …. even if it were one article in a monthly magazine (hint).

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  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Great piece, Susannah. The lives of so many of our immigrants are amazing. My Bochi came through Ellis Island from Poland. These strong women, with little or no money and a language barrier, are a testament on overcoming adversity.

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  6. Coyote from Orion says:

    Just watching a guy on the TV here who has got community action against home invasions. 10 in one street in one case. We have these African refugees going nuts. I get on ok with any I come across but normal people getting car jacked etc is not on. This guy is good because our police here are no longer considered a part of any decent community. Every time I look into UN volunteers etc… I see more and more persian rugs. Good for good people to get neighborly again. I guess I know both sides. Too many fat cats not helping either. Hurt people hurt people and certain people get rich keep it going. This ex reservist is simply getting people to respond to danger and help each other. Bless him.

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