Chapter 10 – MUÑECAS

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Coralis Rodríguez

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in 1.10 - Muñecas | 3 comments

Coralis Rodríguez

  FIGHTER WOMAN – At eighteen-years-old, with an innocent but determined look, I present Gladys Matílde López, or better known as Matílde, my grandmother. Born in 1939 in Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico, she was the first girl among seven siblings. She was raised mostly by her grandmother, which was not unusual at that time. She did not receive a formal education but did possess great intelligence, which allowed her to work efficiently, solve life problems, catch opportunities and be the authority amongst her brothers. From the time she...

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Walter A. Crespo Alameda

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in 1.10 - Muñecas | 1 comment

Walter A. Crespo Alameda

                            BUT I DON’T WANNA! – “Get ready, Lydia, we are going to Las Fiestas!” Las Fiestas Patronales! Oh joy, I’ve been waiting for this. Ya voy, mommy! It’s that time of the year. “Your dress is on the door,” I hear. It’s a nice outfit, I guess, I try to fit in my dress, But my mother gave it a really good press. It had so much starch, Getting in was pretty hard.   I’m ready to leave, But I can barely move. I feel trapped, I feel like a...

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Linda M. Rodríguez Guglielmoni**

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in 1.10 - Muñecas | 0 comments

Linda M. Rodríguez Guglielmoni**

EXCERPT FROM THE MEMOIR, CHIRINGAS/KITES – Dolls Somebody brings me a doll’s house. It is Christmas again. I look at the kitchen. The chairs and table. The four bedrooms upstairs. A big house with glass windows. Not like houses here. The house opens up and closes. Then the house is gone. I would like a doll’s house and a doll, a Barbie, like the ones my cousin Carmencita has. When I visit her I play with them and all their clothes. My mother says I do not like dolls and tells this to everyone. I do like teddy bears, and soft kitties and...

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Luis Nieves Malavé

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in 1.10 - Muñecas | 2 comments

Luis Nieves Malavé

THE UNWANTED DOLL – My mother only has a few pictures of my grandparents. She had an album that she lost when she moved from her house. It was a painful loss because the album not only contained pictures of her parents (my grandparents), but it also pictures of her when she was a baby and when she was young. That’s why it was such a shock when one day, she was looking in a box full of old books. She had accidently dropped one  and two photographs slid out from between the pages. I saw the photos fall and her bend down to pick them up....

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Laura C. Franqui Domínguez

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in 1.10 - Muñecas | 1 comment

Laura C. Franqui Domínguez

MEMORIES OF MY GRANDPA LUÍS – The Hole in His Neck – My grandfather, Luís Domínguez, died when I was seven-years-old, one year after the death of my grandmother, Gilda Trinidad.  He left us with many memories to treasure. Laura: “Mommy, why does grandpa have a hole in his neck?” I asked her every time my grandpa left the room. I felt scared to ask him. Mom: “He used to smoke two or three packs of cigarettes a day, Laurie. He got sick and the doctors had to make a hole in his throat to let him breathe.” Seeing him cleaning and...

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Jonathan Fernández Colón

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in 1.10 - Muñecas | 2 comments

Jonathan Fernández Colón

ROMEO & GLORIETA – Looking at the old wardrobe at home, located in the guest room, I found a small black shoebox. Curiosity made me open the box that seemed to be there for many years. The humidity inside the box released a horrible smell – like stinky feet – that made me sneeze. I removed many old photographs. Inside was a cream envelope full of pictures of my mother. The one of her when she was a toddler captivates me. In the picture she is hugging a family friend, Michael, at a party in Villa España. On the other side...

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Michelle Ramírez López

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in 1.10 - Muñecas | 1 comment

Michelle Ramírez López

NYDIA – for mi hermana aida christmas is here again and it is time for mami to get my dress out of the old trunk and with it the itchy beauty of the festivities i really really love my white and even wider angel dress i thought that angels had feathery wigs like the ones i see in church but i suppose that i am another kind of angel a special one i hope that the others angels do not get jealous of me eduardo bugs me all the time he tells me i am not a special angel at all but otherwise why people keep calling me hay pero que angelita mas...

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