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On Sunday after a weekend visiting friends in southeastern Pennsylvania, we headed to Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, PA. When you go to their website you will see this picture of the shopping center.
What they don’t show you is this.
That’s what you would see if you turn 180 degrees from the place where the first picture was taken. Twenty minutes before arriving, I could see the two cooling towers and the billowing cotton-like smoke streaming out of them. As I pulled into the parking lot I have to admit that I was surprised to find this nuclear reactor so close to the mall. It was literally next door to the outlets.
After grabbing some lunch and saying goodbye to my childhood friends, I spotted Mario hustling about the grounds of the mall emptying the trash. Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, he moved here in search of a better paying job. In Spanish he explained, “I chose this area because I had some relatives already living here.” Back home, his wife and five children receive regular money orders that he sends from his modest pay checks. It’s been almost four years since he has seen them. He’s been working at the outlets for about two years.
Some of you might have heard about the heavy rains that caused catastrophic flooding in his home state of Oaxaca back in September. I asked him if his family and loved was were affected by the disaster and thankfully he said that they were all safe and doing ok.
Mario reminded me a little of Paulina from my second day of this year-long journey when he promptly told me that he would donate the money to his church.