“Hay sandia, aqui estan sus sandias,”
(Watermelon are here; your watermelons have arrived)
hollered el sandiero;
 he was a man with a commanding voice as he zig-zagged his rust and red GMC pick-up through the West and South sides of the barrios in town.
The back of the pick-up waddled pregnant with freshly picked watermelon from San Isidro;
“Se las calamos,
 si quiere,
 para que las prueben,”
(We can give you a sample taste if you wish)
He, the silver haired old man, pleaded with potential abuelita customers. “Calando,” meant cutting a small triangle into the heart of the watermelon (so clients could taste the mouthwatering sandia). Piercing the fruit all the way into the corazon!
“Aceptamos pesos, estampias de gobierno,
Centavitos, y pesetas tambien!”
(We accept Mexican currency, food stamps, pennies and quarters too)
The sandiero could sell watermelons to anyone!
Old, young, rich, poor---if you had spare change, he would cut you a deal. I never met a man who worked so hard for extra money;
 you see this special sandiero was a teacher and coach during the day, a security guard at night and a fruit vendor on the weekends!
Mi padre, el hombre mas fuerte y trabajador de todo el mundo!
(My dad, the strongest, hard-working man in the entire world!)
Dr. Melba Salazar-Lucio is an English instructor at Texas Southmost College and has been teaching writing for almost 40 years. She is the proud Abuelita of 3 charming grandchildren, BellaVida, Charlotte ​​​​​​​Mae and Phoenix. Her favorite person in the whole wide world is her husband of 37 years, Juan David Lucio. Dr. Salazar Lucio is the daughter of Maria Elena Leal and Baltazar Salazar. She also has 3 children, Monica Leah/Pedro Cantu, David Daniel/Kate Dawson and Erika Teresa Lucio.

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