Been in crossroads Searching for a place to belong Since long ago.
And finally found a home That sometimes is cold But that keeps me warm. It’s like destiny My feet moved towards it.
I fell a few times before finding it But suddenly It appeared in front of me Without me realizing it. And it was The most wonderful feeling When I gazed upon it.
I loved its colors Unique and dignified Sometimes displays A shadow or two With funny faces And other animals too Which is fun for the kids To play, watch and follow.
It brightens our life No matter How dark or rainy is outside. It gives me hope When hope is way too thin. It’s my pillar My castle and armor.
My home My place to collapse To recharge with love And display my comfort My soul and my love.
It has always been lighted Like a lighthouse at the shoreline Just in case if there is fog Just in case if I lose my way. No matter where it is That light will bring me home And keep me safe. This is my home My other half And lovely soul.
It was back in 1986 when my family was involved in a car accident. There was a bus full of people who helped us get out of our truck and laid us on the road. Although my vision was blurred by red stains, I saw her, my angel with a gum.
She may not know that she and it kept me mentally stable while watching my unconscious mom on my side covered in blood. On my other side, my sister trying to cover her pain with her arm on her eyes, biting her lower lip, laying there, as her legs were covered in blood as well. People surrounding us, whispering in disbelief as if we were some freak show from a roadside circus. And my red blurry eyesight that stung as I was watching it all.
She may not know that with this little piece of gum, she showed me the empathy from a stranger that I thought was long lost.
She may not know that thanks to this little piece of mint, I was able to breathe while my headache lessened and washed the iron taste in my mouth.
She may not know that it was thanks to her that I let the police officers take me and my sister into their car. It was thanks to that gum that I sat without a fuss while the doctor stitched my forehead.
And the most important of all, it was thanks to that gum that I did not despair when a doctor took me into his arms to see my shocked mom screaming, “Where are my daughters?!” This invisible me in her eyes understood her state; yet I still cried while chewing that gum.
I have always wanted to say thank you; however, I don’t even know her name or where she is. The only thing I know is… The bow in her blouse made me think of angels wings.
Hopefully this time with this anecdote I can finally say, “Thank you, my angel with a gum.”
* This is an anecdote I wrote for the “Mcallen Public Library Anecdote Day Contest.”
It will be held on July 5th, 2020 If anybody is interested on participating here is the link.
Have you ever driven with four kids? Just to give you an idea As soon as I start driving, the two-year old starts crying “Please, teta, teeetaaa!” Somehow I grab the backpack from the backseat Prepare the bottle while driving with my knee Yes my knee, and pass it to him stretching my arm to the back.
“Mom! Oh no! I’m dying!” My sixteen year old screams. Of course, he means in the game, IN THE GAME! Then again, by inertia, I turned my head as he leans He is next to me playing again “Easy there,” I tell myself, breathe Reasons, there’s too many, starting with four. Soon after, there’s a scream from the backseat
“Dude, chill,” my seven-year old tells my 4-year-old And he keeps screaming for God knows what Yet my seven-year old covers his ears and yells “mom, tell him to stop!”
“Breathe”, I tell myself again while turning off the music Listen boys, if you all don’t stop it now Even your dinner will go to the sink So, do you think they listened? Of course not! Screaming and yelling, of course my two-year old after finishing his bottle joins the chorus Inspiring enough to think that this is a jungle. Monkeys, exotic bird and even cicadas Nothing out of the ordinary… “Breathe,” and finally an idea popped up. “Guys if you keep at it, there won’t be any nintendo switch for the weekend.” Silence… Finally no buzzing, no humming nor chirping, for how long? Who knows? let’s enjoy it while it lasts.