Saying goodbye to Esperanza

This year has been full of loss—but this one I wasn’t anticipating.

Esperanza, my family’s housekeeper for the last 20 years, has decided to retire and move back to Mexico.

She is not only a housekeeper, though.

She is family.

We came across her when my mom had 3 young children and needed help. An agency helped connect Esperanza to us, and she’s been with us since.

We have been through everything together—Taha’s birth, our school years, graduations, engagements, weddings, Lily’s birth and more.

She also converted to Islam while living with us.

She is a big piece of our heart, but she needs to go home to spend time with her mother.

Of course, we will talk through video calls and visit her, but it’ll never be quite the same as seeing her everyday—or tasting her delicious cooking daily.

From the bottom of my heart, I wish her infinite happiness.

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