Karen Grimaldos and I had been in touch for some months talking and sorting through "my story". Her line of questioning and her curiosity about me led me to share "my story" with her...we went way back in my history. In asking me questions, in having me share my story, Karen put something of me together. And I thank her. When I read the article, what she shared of me and my history, I felt like there were so many pieces that had always been there in my life that I hadn't puzzled in. And Karen was the hands that touching keys many miles away placed me in. Reading and writing saves me once more. Here is the story published in the Fall 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/cosmo-latina/widowed-at-27
|A front cover mention!! How cool is that?!|
I am her. I'm that woman in that story. I am the little girl who grew up in migrant camps moving often from house to house, from here to there, my gypsy imprint starting early. I am the girl reading in high school dreaming of psychology. I'm the girl wanting college because my parents worked too hard for too little in the fields of California. I'm the girl who fell in love with a boy in high school. I am her. I'm the one who married and had the summer of fairy tales in Paris and Madrid. I'm the girl who at the height of a love story, at the sweetest moment, faced the shattering of a heart, of dreams, of herself. I'm the woman who learned that a shattering of life doesn't have to mean a breaking of heart but the breaking open of heart...that a shattering, even in its ugliness, can be beautiful because it can expose a beating heart. I am the girl who believes that, and then lives it. I am the woman who learned that the bonds we are born into, as much as they have the potential to hurt us, have the potential to heal us. I am her. Si, esa soy yo.
To all my new readers, welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy traveling through me and with me here in these words...my intention in my writing is always to keep my heart beating, to keep me honest and true to that woman that I am and am always becoming. This blog is the story of a woman's love affair with her Life. Bienvenidos!