All posts tagged: mexican-american

My Mother’s Love Letters

My mother is a woman of strong character, unyielding pride, and highly critical. She is not a woman who has historically said “I love you” or “te quiero.” But as a teenager even through our disagreements, even when she was infuriated she never refrained from offering me food and this is how I knew we would get past it.  Like many other Latina women, my mother’s cooking has become her main avenue of unconditional expressed care and affection. I now understand that a plate of warm quesadillas, was much more than that. As a Mexican woman it is no surprise my mother’s values are consistent with the Latino cultural values of “familismo” and “marianismo,” which emphasize family loyalty and self-sacrifice above all. My mother’s identity is made up of these two values, she makes it a goal to care for her family, her husband, children and grandchildren, to the extent of sacrificing comfort and personal preference. A prime example of this is cooking for everyone else while being the last to eat and still washing the dishes at …

Brand Boulevard

  On weekends my morning routine consists of a jog along my neighborhood and its surrounding cities.I am a frequenter of Brand Boulevard running along Mission Hills and San Fernando, often admiring the Spanish architecture as though I were in a museum. I pass by Brand Park (Memory Garden) and Andres Pico Adobe one of the oldest residences in the city of Los Angeles. I run further down still past Laurel Canyon, and I continue to admire the homes with their Spanish and Greek revival style influences. There is something that invites me to this boulevard time after time and just now I have started to understand the reasons why.   Brand offers a historical view of the great city of San Fernando. This boulevard has witnessed Spanish settlement with construction of near by Mission San Fernando Rey de España as early as 1797.  This humble town does not make a fuss of its amazing history but rather live out their histories daily grounded in Mexican-American tradition. I not only see what this city has been but I see what it has started to become. I see a city …