Bernadette“I grew up in Manila, Philippines. Lived there the first twenty-two years of my life and then moved to the U.S. I moved to Los Angeles and stayed there for fifteen years and then moved to Cedar Rapids, IA. So this is my fourth year next month.”

“Why on earth did you move to Cedar Rapids, IA?”

“I don’t know! [Laughter] I was persuaded. Let’s put it that way.”

“Who persuaded you?”

“My sister-in-law.”

“So, but your husband is from here?”

“Yeah, he’s from northern Iowa. He grew up there and moved to Los Angeles, and that’s where we met.”

“So, tell me about your husband. What are one or two things you like about him?”

“His name is Daniel. Two things I like about him? He always encourages me. He brings the good out in me, which sometimes I don’t know. And he is a very very nice guy.”