Maria was born the first,
the oldest of her parent’s children. 
Growing up was fun and exciting...
upsetting too having two little siblings
always looking up for support
distracting Maria from discovering the world
in the collection of cuentos de hadas
she got for Christmas—a year ago

I remember her,
I remember me,
dreaming about the snow and the crystal heart of the arctic circle babies...
the ballet dancers on the ice
the white geese flying South...
the running deers
and the little dwarfs getting diamonds from their mine... 

Dreams of a child that was growing up
in a hot desert
looking smelling             listening
to the Rio Bravo every moment of her life.
 
Fantasying about arctic ice dancers
while swimming and jumping tumbitos in the afternoon time. 
while the coming down sun,
using the goldest of his tones, got us all blind. 
That brilliant gold, orange reflection on the river made the little pejerrey
wanted to get and fly out. 
And, we all together, children and fish,
were swimming, laughing, flying and enjoying the sunset. 

How powerful the sun can be!
 giving us the warmth of the day,
getting us blind with beauty and the peace of the night. 

I understood then and now, the respect for the Sun God,
he has been there forever, long before and long after us,
Sun God thanks for such a gift of life!!
Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto is a faculty member at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Espinosa-Dulanto holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Educational Policies for Linguistic Minorities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Espinosa-Dulanto's writing as well as her academic research departs from identifying herself as a woman of color, a Borderlands Mestiza, and a non-mainstream person in the US. From that perspective, she explores the construction and transmission of knowledge. Dr. Espinosa-Dulanto is a veteran teacher, she has taught in urban and rural settings, in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, Dr. Espinosa-Dulanto is an avid ethnographer who uses narrative inquiry, photography, and poetry as tools to learn and communicate. Currently, she is working in two projects, a Poetry Collection, "Finding Home in Memory: Stories of Immigration, Diaspora, and Dis/location” and, she is conducting research on the USA/Mexico border
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