Her family was put in a single
room flat with one queen size mattress on the floor.
"I remember the first night
we were there. We turned out the light and went to bed.
A few minutes later, we heard a strange scurrying noise.
We looked around to find the floor moving slightly and
moonlight from the window gave it slight shimmer."
Her father got up to turn on
the light. As soon as he did something quickly disappeared
into the walls. The place was swimming with giant cockroaches.
"Sometimes we would keep
the light on over night just so they would stay away.
We were terrified of what the future held for us."
Her father got the first job
he could get and saved enough money to buy a car. Then
they started exploring California and after a long while,
"Fallbrook was visually
a lot like Europe and it made us feel more at home."