His father Ramarez never saw what was so wrong in the occupation he was engaged in and has been handed over from his farther and dated back to many more generations. Hwever Maria Rodriguz, te calm, qeite but firecely protective of her son was adament that her son will not be a part of the fishing folk. I 1942 April, a age 15, Tm Rodriguz joined one of the ship building companies located in Ponteveda, a an errend boy. Pnteveda’s ship and boat building industry was flourishing slowly but and it was in Ponteveda that “Santa Maria” one of Christopher Colombus’ ship was built.
Hs first salary was 10 pesos a month and he gave all of it to his mother. Se took 3 pesos for household errends and put the balance in the tin box which Tim had taken to shool with is lunch and hid it in the old wooden box which kept their Sunday clothes to the church. B the age of 22, Tm Rodriguz has become a capable wood crafter and able to small schoner boat’s keel to perfection.
Hs amicable disposition, ahletic and agile work behavior and interest in learning has allowed him to become a favourite apprentice of the master boat builders in the yard. Wth his youthful good looks and friendly mannerisms, Tm Rodriguz had a remarkable talent in public relations and managed to establish raport with many of the customers who would visit the yard to inspect the progress of their orders. Sme of the customers were of other European origins and Tim Rodriguz sought to strike association with them more than the native Spanirads.
I was probably due to this interest in foriegners that Tim managed to strike a friendship with one of the Italian businessmen who has ordered a large ship which was intended to transport the Italian immigrants to America. Tlking to Ambreno Lugiani over the months it took to build the large ship, Tm Rodriguz became increasingly lured by the promised bounty in the land of America. Mking up his mind to go in serach of his destiny in the New World, Rodriguz needed 500 Pesos to pay for his journey at a discounted rate which he got for his friendship with the Italian.
Hs mothers savings over the years gave him 1080 Pesos which was a fortune of its own right in the standards of his life in rustic Galegian village. Tm Rodriguz still remembers the taste of the going away feast his mother prepared for the family. Epandas, te Galician fish pies, ad the spicy Caldo Gaggego soup with potatoes and Grelo, alocal vegetable....
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