Raised in Northern New Mexico, in Mora County, I spoke Spanish as my first language. This was the only language I spoke at home and it was commonplace in our community to speak Spanish at the bank, the market, and among our neighbors.
Until I started school in the fall of 1955 I never thought of speaking English on a regular basis. It was a language foreign to me; I had heard my older brother and sisters speak it only in passing.
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