WATCH: Mother And Daughter Recall The Challenges Of Immigrating To The U.S. In The 1970s

11/23/2010 04:05 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

This Friday, StoryCorps, an oral history initiative that helps Americans record and archive stories from their lives, will celebrate the third annual National Day of Listening, which organizers say they hope will remind people of "how much more unites us than divides us." To help commemorate the event, HuffPost is featuring one StoryCorps conversation every day this week leading up to the National Day of Listening on November 26.

In today's installment, The Icing on the Cake, Blanca Alvarez and her daughter, Connie, talk about the challenges their family faced when they immigrated to the United States in 1972. Blanca and her husband worked multiple jobs and tried to shelter their children from the difficult realities of life, and Connie reveals that she knew, even when she was young, how hard her parents struggled -- and that she drew great inspiration from her parents' example.

Listen to Connie's interview with her mother, Blanca, below.

To hear more stories, learn about the National Day of Listening, and to find out how you can record your own story at home with a DIY kit, visit StoryCorps. You can also tune in to hear StoryCorps broadcasts on NPR.