Where and when were you born?

I was born in Peal de Becerro, Jaén. In 1941.

Later, where did you live?

I lived in Almería. I was born in the post-war. We were very hungry and needed. We had to move with my father to find a job, I was only three years.

After living in Almeria, where did you go? How old were you?

Finally, I finished in Tarragona, when I was fourteen.

How was your childhood?

It was very bad, I grew up without mother. She died when I was five years old. My father had to leave me with another family, not permanently, only when he had to go to work. This family treated me very badly. They made me work when I was seven, take care of their sheeps, and if one escaped from me they beat me. If I did something wrong, they ill-treated me. I missed my mother.

When and whom did you marry?

I got married when I was seventeen years, in 1958. He was a young man from Granada, who had also moved to Tarragona, when he was eigh years old, Emilio García.

How did you meet him?

I was working cleaning in a woman’s house. She gave me holiday every Sunday. I went to the beach, and there I met him.

Was it difficult to spare something for your children?

Yes, my husband had to work very much and very hardly. We didn’t have money, but we didn’t lack food. I had to stay at home to take care of them.

If you could, would you change anything of your life?

Yes, I would ask to have my mother.

Written by Sheila Pérez.

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