Mary Olivia Cahue Tena Perez Patiño
I am a Latina, born in La Villa, Texas, of parents who earned their livelihood as migrant workers. Mis abuelitos, the Cahues and Tenas, came from the Mexican state of Michoacan. One day, I will visit the homeland of mis antepasados, perhaps walk among their resting places and meet those that share our name. The few memories that I have of them are mostly retrieved from the memories of my mother.
My fondest childhood memories are rooted in the ranchito near Falfurrias where we lived with mis abuelitos, tios and tias. Mis hermanitas were my closest ties, like petals from the same periwinkle. Anyone looking for us would find us together, three little sisters, wandering in the woods picking up cascabeles de las víboras or looking for anything that moved. It was a fascinating time, an innocent childhood in the midst of nature’s gift.
Growing up later in San Antonio, we lived in several vecindades as we moved often. Perhaps mother looked for work or a safer place to live. Yet, the roots extended from the Texas Valley to life in each neighborhood, forming a special lifetime of experiences and more memories.
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Life’s moments and memories are ‘seeds’ for our stories. As writers, we nurture our memories until they are ready to be ‘harvested’ and shared.
Below is a ‘memory’ of Alexandria, a gentle four-legged friend. I thought that I chose her from the litter, but, looking back, ‘she’ selected me.
Life with Alexandria
- Alexandria’s beauty reveals itself early in her life.
- “Bliss is being held high, in Mary’s arms, on a sunny day, or any day for that matter!”
“I’m quite a Lady now! Too big to be carried but always in Mary’s heart.”
….And a few more years later…
If Alexandria could speak right about now, she’d say, “I’ve enjoyed life!” “I’ve been a great and faithful friend!”
“Peaceful joy is being by Mary’s side.” Alexandria follows Mary everywhere she goes. This impromptu sketch was done during Alexandria’s last moments. Green surrounds the charcoal sketch, a symbol of a vibrant life. The gentle qualities of a sheltie reveal themselves in a portrait of tenderness, hope, laughter, playfulness, and a journey of faithfulness.