Podcast: Brenda Talks About Her Mother
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Brenda Piñero : My mom had three jobs. She used to be a seamstress andand she took me to college when she was attending college
Brenda Piñero : I- I ... I keep that as- as one of the, uh, fondest memories that I have from growing up, and I think that planted the seed for how education was such important, um, and- and was prioritized throughout my life.
Steve Leveen : How old were you?
Brenda Piñero : Uh, I was probably six or younger than that. I do remember that I also wanted to have my own notebook, and I felt like II can also learn and participate in class.
Steve Leveen : When there was no one at home to watch her, Brenda's mom took her to the sewing factory.
Brenda Piñero : I do have memories of- of my sitting down under the table while my mom was sewing.
Steve Leveen : At the factory?
Brenda Piñero : Yes.
Steve Leveen : What was she sewing?
Brenda Piñero : Underwear.
Steve Leveen : Do you remember the brand?
Brenda Piñero : I do not ...
Brenda Piñero: But I do remember the machines. They were, um, Singer machines.
Steve Leveen : Singer sewing machine company?
Brenda Piñero : Yes, yes. And there's a particular smell that oil has from those machines when you combine them with, like, fabric.
Brenda Piñero : It is a very, um, particular smell that I- if I- if I ever smell it again, it would just take me back to those times.
Steve Leveen : Is it a- a good smell for you?
Brenda Piñero : Yes. It is. It is
Seamstress - a lady that sews clothes for a job
Planted the seed - put an idea in someones head
fondest - happiest
fabric - material clothes are made from