By Ercenia "Alice" Cedeño, Susan Dixon
In the preface to her memoir, Ercenia "Alice" Cedeño remembers the secrecy and turmoil that marked her early life: "I spent such a lot of my transforming into years mad at my mom and short of her to alter to slot in with the remainder of the world," she writes. "When my sisters and that i sought after her to go to our pals' moms, she could say, 'Why do humans want to know different peoples' lives?' in retrospect, i'm wondering if she used to be relatively announcing, 'I don't desire them to understand our business.' there has been rather a lot to hide."
Now bringing these hidden stories to mild, Amá, Your tale Is Mine lines the complication, violence, deceit, and defiance that formed the identification of 2 generations of girls in Alice's kinfolk. Born within the mountains of northern Mexico, Alice's mom married at age 14 right into a relations rife with ardour that regularly grew to become to anger. After wasting a number of little one youngsters to affliction, the younger couple crossed into the us looking a greater life.
Unfolding in a sequence of robust vignettes, Amá, Your tale Is Mine describes in fascinating element a bold matriarch who chanced on herself having to guard her kids from their very own father whereas dealing with the demanding situations of cultural discrimination. by way of turns wry and smooth, Alice's reminiscences supply an extraordinary memoir that absolutely encompasses the Latina adventure within the United States.
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The landlady gave up her garage to provide us a new start. These were days of great hardship for all of us. I learned to take care of the bills when I was twelve. I took care of you girls after I got home from school. Your Teresita helped with whatever I didn’t know how to do. ” Mexicali ~ As we began to adjust and learn to enjoy life without fear, our father decided to repent and fulfill his duties as a husband and father. He contacted Amá from Mexicali, a city just across the ~ 36 ~ border in Mexico, by way of the neighbors’ telephone, or sent letters with people who came our way.
He was horrified at the scene before him. So, now, was I. When my eyes met his, I knew without a word that I was in big trouble. How well I recall, too, the warm and happy memories of those old days, and the building of our house in Mexicali. When I close my eyes I can still hear our laughter and picture four little girls plastered with mud from head to toe, our eyelashes heavy with caked mud. The building began on one of those blistering hot days when we had gone to the American canal to swim.
When we refused, he ordered Mary to take us home. And so she did. In the tense hours that followed there was an eerie quiet surrounding the whole house. Amá stood clutching her apron in one hand, stirring a pot with another, tears rolling down her cheeks. When she saw us, she wiped her eyes. She would not let us ask or talk about what had happened. ” I have often asked myself what was Joe’s real motive in going back to the pool hall. Was it just the social need of a teenager? Or did he take the opportunity to be free of his parents’ household?