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“I...learned a hard work ethic from my parents,” Cuevas said. “They saw to it that, hopefully, we would have a better life than they had and what their parents had. That’s the American dream.”
Cuevas, whose mother was her role model, said she and her siblings never knew they were poor because they had “a lot of love and companionship and we didn’t miss out on many things.”
“We didn’t know those were hard times,” she said. To earn extra money for the family, Cuevas said she went door to door selling her mother’s crocheted doilies. That experience, she said, taught her about sales and how to communicate with the public.
“My mother told us that working hard was nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about,” Cuevas said. “She said the shame was in not working. It was just a job, she told us, and eventually we would work our way out of the fields.”