The Story of an Average Cabbie

Jose is part of the 2nd generation Mexican living in Phoenix. His parents came to the USA during the 50s and have been living in Phoenix ever since. He never got to finish school but his daughter Gabriella is now in the 3rd grade and he is very proud of it. “School is important you know, I never got to complete school, but I want my daughter to finish school, get an education.”
So was Jose always a cabbie? “No man, this was pure luck, the thing is that we weren’t all that well off in the beginning. We had a small store in the neighborhood but then that wasn’t doing all too well, and since I was the eldest I had to take odd jobs here and there to help out the family. I started by helping my father in the store with small things but then he wasn’t paying me anything and I wanted to make some money.” With that Jose started working in whatever capacity he could to help out his family and soon he dropped out of school so that he could work full time.
Why did he drop out of school? “Hey back then I didn’t realize how important an education was for me, I mean after you learn to read and write what difference does it make, what’s the point of learning all that other stuff, and with the money I was bringing in, I could help out with my family and to me that was important.” Any regrets about dropping out back then? “Not really, back then we needed the money so in a way it was justified, but now with our situation better, I’m going to make sure that Gabriella gets nothing but the best.”