Mi amiga

If you should die before me, ask if you can bring a  friend.

Stone Temple Pilots, Still Remains

The company you’re with is more important than the place you’re at.

Neicole Crepeau

jacaranda 002bEarlier this month the first jacarandas blossomed; the tree over my patio hid all trace of blossoming until last week, and it’s still a little poky about showing its color. I read recently that jacarandas create allergic reactions in some people, including making the circles under one’s eyes darker. Now I can blame the trees for my dark circles!

My best friend from California will be here beginning the 26th for a week. She’s my first visitor and I’m eager to see her again. She arrives during Holy Week (Semana Santa) [after Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), but before Good Friday (Viernes Santo)]. We’ll then go to Mexico City on Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua) for a few days before she returns home.

Easter activities began this past Sunday morning with a 200-year-old tradition:  an eight-kilometer (five-mile)  procession that brought El Señor de la Columna (Our Lord of the Column) from the Santuario de Atotonilco (Jesús de Nazareno) to the Church of San Juan de Dios in San Miguel. El Senor is a statue of Christ made from corn stalks, corn starch and powdered orchid bulbs. At 6:00 a.m. fireworks began and lasted until shortly after 7, when church bells began to peal. When I walked to the Unitarian Fellowship early in the morning there were many people walking up calle Ignacio Allende carrying food wrapped in various ways (plastic bags, picnic baskets, coolers, wrapped in cloths); some carried large quantities of a single ingredient, such as bags of jicama or carrots, making me think that was the person’s contribution to the family celebration. A concert that sounded as if it was near my apartment, but in actuality was more than half a kilometer away started early in the afternoon and lasted until almost midnight, when there were more fireworks to end the day. Throughout El Centro the streets were far more busy than usual with families (mostly women) cooking curbside.

Marta Gómez

A Colombiana, Marta Gómez contributed to One Woman, the song written to support UN Women and released on International Woman’s Day this year. She created the Fundación Agua Dulce, which provides money and concert support to various Latin American charities and NGOs, including Creemos en ti, an organization that provides support to the thousands of children who are victims of domestic abuse in Colombia.

Letra

Ande con mañita almita mía
No vaya a ser que me la aporreen por ahí
Ande con cuidao’ corazón mío no vaya a ser que tanto amor
Me le haga daño corazón
Me le haga daño corazón
Me le haga daño corazón..

A una torcacita se parece esta alma mía
Llena de tanto dolor
Ojalá y el nido que ella encuentre
Esté muy cerca de tu voz
Esté muy cerca de tu voz
Esté muy dentro de tu voz

Almita mía, torcacita
Cantando dentro de otra voz
¡Ay! Corazón mío hace tu nido
Dentro de otro corazón
¡Ay! Dentro de otro corazón
¡Ay! Dentro de otro corazón
¡Ay! Dentro de otro corazón

Si es que esta tristeza encuentra luz
Estando dentro de tu voz corazón
Ojalá que cuando cantes tú
Puedas oír también mi voz
Puedas oír también mi voz
Puedas oír también mi voz
Puedas oír también mi voz

Almita mía, torcacita
Cantando dentro de otra voz
¡Ay! Corazón mío hace tu nido
Dentro de otro corazón
¡Ay! Dentro de otro corazón
¡Ay! Dentro de otro corazón
¡Ay! Dentro de otro corazón
¡Ay! Dentro de otro corazón

Almita mía, torcacita
¡Ay! Corazón mío hace tu nido

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