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Day 23 – Lluvia

To My Sleeping Child,

In honor of today, I will write you a poem.

Hush child, sleep

Sleep upon my skin

Hush child, sleep

Lose yourself in sounds so sweet

Hush and be calm

Let’s rejoice in the hum of silence

Hush and be calm

Place your hand upon my cheek

Dream child, dream

Dream of days gone past

Dream child, dream

Dream of the future you will come to know

Dream and have hope

Manifest internal growth and peace

Dream and have hope

Trust in the natural cycle of things

Smile child, smile

Sleep

Hush

Be calm

And dream, for all there’s is hope

On this rainy day, I feel a quietude in my spirit. You lay on my lap, caressing my cheek, trying to reach my hair, and I listen to the suckling sounds of your mouth on your thumb.

I am trying to build a future for us.

May it manifest, my sweet.

In Eternal Bond,

Mami Loves You

 

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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.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.

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Day 22 – Capoeira Cuddles

To My Little Girl,

Today was a wonderful day.

Mami and Daddy took you to a Kids’ Festival on Ferry Street, because Grupo Senzala de Capoeira was doing a capoeira presentation for children.

Daddy will be teaching capoeira soon, so it was an opportunity to inform people about our group and advertise the classes.

I think you were over-stimulated by all of the music, people, and events going on at the same time, because you were holding on to Daddy and I for dear life.

Daddy held you for a long time and lifted you up, so you could watch the folkloric dances.  He was cuddling with you and bouncing you on his shoulder to help you relax.

You looked so happy with him.  I love that you get to have your Daddy in your life.

Then, I held you for a while before we did the performance.

After the events were over, we had dinner and you kept taking food from my plate.  Daddy had a slice of cake and you took it from him. It was pretty funny.

You’re, also, learning so many words.  You say “boobie,” “mine,” and “dayyyuum.” Thank Daddy for teaching you that last one.

You have also started saying a few sentences, like “where you go?”

I love watching you and Daddy interact.

Every day, you look more and more like him.

Now, you are sleeping after an afternoon of fun.

Thank you for all that you are, and for your hugs, smiles, and kisses.

Gratefully,

Mami Loves You

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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.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 21 – Living in Boxes

To My Hope Manifested,

I have moved every single year for as long as I can remember.    I have things that I’ve collected throughout the years – books, art, paintings, and writings.

I have long wished that, one day, I will have a house of my own with a large library displaying the works of poets like Pablo Neruda, Martin Espada, and Walt Whitman. I wanted to sit in the sacredness of that space reading the words of Kurt Vonnegut and imagining what it takes to write like him.

I envisioned an art room displaying the works of women that I have come to know and love, like Mia Roman, who I talked about a week ago.

I’ve so badly wanted to have spaces for the arts in my home – a music room and a capoeira room, too.

What has resulted in my life, instead, has been many, many boxes as your Daddy likes to remind me and complain about.  He says, he refuses to move these boxes, once again, when we find our own apartment. So, I am faced with the reality that I must downsize and give up so many of those dreams I held as a child.

My library will be a book shelf, perhaps, and my art room, a space in my mind.

But, this is a fading moment in time.

I will rebuild, some day, and, hopefully, know what it means to have a home of my own.

I do not want you to grow up feeling like you belong nowhere.

I know that a house is just a set of walls, but there is a safeness that comes with returning to a home.

At least, I imagine that there must be, because I have never known such a place.

What matters most now is to build memories and let go of the items that I thought would signify success.

Remember, life is less about what you have and more about what you build within you.

Humbly,

Mami Loves You

 

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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.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.


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Day 20 – Big Dreams

To My Thumb Sucker,

Today was a productive day! Wooot!

After moving and not having access to wi-fi for a few days, I was finally able to really sit down and work.

I hosted a tweetchat along with Yaritza Zayas Melendez on #eatingandemotions. We believe that it is important for people to eat to live and have healthy habits when it comes to food. Food can be the source of so much disease, which is why Mami insists that you always have healthy eats.

I was finally able to catch up on my blog posts after hosting the chat. Then, I worked on my doctoral applications for this Fall.

After, I have spent much of the day cuddling with you since this week was super busy and I didn’t have the ability to really focus on you.

Right now, you’re laying down next to me while I write this post. Well, now you are sitting up about to dance along to Doc McStuffins’ songs.

Mami is trying to get Organic Melinda together to secure our financial future.

It’s pretty uncomfortable to live in someone else’s house when you’ve been on your own for 10 years. Every few minutes, orders are being barked at my direction. I cannot even shower after 10:00 pm, and I am awakened way before I want to be.

I am planning on putting together two online courses. One course will be to get people to eat healthier, and the other course will be with Yaritza on emotional eating. They are just thoughts, right now.

I am also putting workshops together, and I have a ton of emails to send out.

I will be writing an add-on book for the Winter season to LIVE. Maybe, I will do soups or my favorite holiday meals.

This October, I will be TAing the Digging Deep, Facing Self course along with Caits Meissner.

I know mami is busy, sometimes, but all of this is to secure our futures. I am hoping I can make enough money with Organic Melinda, so I dont have to return to an office job and be away from you for so many hours a day.

I really dont want to spend 50 hours a week away from my baby girl.

I just hope our endeavors are blessed.

Always having hope,
Mami Loves You

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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.

To Subscribe to the series Mami Loves You, follow the link: http://mamilovesyou.com/ and fill out the form.