How delighted I was to read your article profiling Jose and Juan Hernandez and Gilly and Carlo Quenteros. I know Jose as the proud father of three of my Sousa students; a man devoted to his family and an active participant in his children's lives. I, too, admit to being unable to distinguish between dad Jose and uncle Juan, for these twin brothers both carry themselves with a cheerful and dignified air that bespeaks their respected place in our Port Washington community.
Regarding Gilly and Carlos, every school day around 7:45 a.m. finds me pulling into the parking area in front of Burger King for my takeout morning coffee. I freely acknowledge not being a "morning person" whose biorhythms catapult me from bed in a fully charged, totally sanguine state of mind. But the warm smiles, brief pleasantries and effortlessly efficient service of these two gentlemen - my coffee seems magically to be ready by the time I reach the counter - goes a long way in getting my day started on a positive note. Who needs Starbucks when you have such affable, personal interactions!
The challenges these families have overcome in seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones are yet another page in the long history of all our forebears, who migrated to American shores and contributed personally to our country's vitality and success. Juan, Jose, Gilly and Carlo are shining examples of that quintessential American spirit and role models for their - and all - children. Thank you for featuring them, for it is their stories and countless others like theirs that renew my pride in being a resident of our diversely, energetic community and a contributor to its children's future.