To My Sleeping Beauty,
It has been a long day, today, and one when I am super grateful for all that capoeira has brought into my life.
Capoeira gave me you, of course.
This morning, Mami did a presentation in Newark to inform the local community about Organic Melinda.
I had a total duh moment when I realized that most of the community in Ironbound Newark speaks only Spanish and Portuguese and all of my flyers were in English.
Note to self: Translate LIVE to Spanish.
I served green smoothies to anyone who would take them and explained my mission: to make healthy, non-gmo food available to everyone.
When that was done, I went home to take care of you. We washed clothes together and then headed to a roda with Grupo Senzala.
It was a great roda, and I got to play a lot. I thank you for your musical spirit and your patience to let mami have a fun day of capoeira.
We also went out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant.
As I watched people interact with you, I was so happy for you.
You get to live your whole life always knowing the strum of the berimbau, forever recognizing the beat of the atabaque and pandeiro. You will have access to axe all of the days of your life.
I hope that the capoeira community will be part of your long-term family for many years to come.
I wish for you the peace and joy that I feel with every cha-cha-ding-dong-dong.
Axe meu bebe,
Mami Loves You
About this Series:
In honor of Latino Heritage Month, I will write 30 letters for 30 days to my beautiful daughter. This series is entitled, Mami Loves You. In these letters, I will tell her about the world around her, and reflect on her development.
Each Tuesday and Thursday, I will honor a Latina woman that I believe is a great role model for my daughter to admire. Through these letters, I pay homage to my role as a mother, and I will teach my daughter about one of the cultures that has birthed her.
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