After I lived with Rafael a while, my mother and my brothers and sisters started to treat me differently because they saw how well we were getting along. When they came to visit us we got along. We were poor, but we were always good hosts to them. We would also go to visit my family and he won them over. He would joke around with my mother and my brothers and sisters but he was never disrespectful. They liked him.
First we lived in Izalco. Rafael was working as a blacksmith in the sugar mill in Sonsonate between 1976 and 1978. Our lives were very hard then. It seemed liked I was always ironing, ironing to earn money but we never had enough money. We rented a house where there was a kitchen and we paid about 70 colones per month. * We had two more children plus my daughter and I was always worried that the children wouldn't have enough to eat. We just didn't have enough money for bus fare for Rafael, medicine, food, clothing, and shoes for the children. In 1978, during the____________________