Monthly Archives: April 2010

Día del niño – Day of the child

Flyer of family-oriented events this Sunday at Mercado Central, Minneapolis, MN

Every April 30th, Mexicans take time out of their day to celebrate and honor the children. This morning I couldn’t sleep when my husband got up (4:30am) so I turned on Univision in an attempt to expose myself and the boy inside me to Spanish. When he came back in the room there was a news story about today being the Day of the Children or Día del niño. He seemed almost as excited now as he must have been as a child living in Mexico. Today all the children will be getting cookies and ice cream in school and will get to play games for most of the day. There is one celebration that I found in the Twin Cities (at Mercado Central in Minneapolis) which I guess we won’t go to this year but will have to plan on going to in the future. One more thing to put on the calendar in our attempt to incorporate as much of Mexico into our lives as possible living in Minnesota.


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Reality TV?

Well, I’ll admit that I am addicted (somewhat unhealthily) to crime shows like “Forensic Files,” “NCIS,” “CSI” and the like. One that I don’t watch too frequently because it can be extremely disturbing is “Criminal Intent.” However, the trailer for the most recent episode intrigued me so I tuned in. The storyline was about a serial killer near the Texas/Mexico border who was riding around on a 4-wheeler chasing illegal aliens through the desert, killing and beheading them. Not only that but there was a scene that showed a coyote (the term used for people who are paid to smuggle the aliens across) running a safe house where the aliens stop before moving on to their final destination. The coyote raped one of the women, and she was begging the FBI agent not to let her son see her that way. It was all very unsettling and sad because I know these shows usually have a thread of truth running through them.

It is not hard to believe that the people who are so vulnerable in crossing get taken advantage of and abused. I know people who have brought their young children across and now as I’m getting closer to having my own child I am torn when I think what I would do. Risk the life of my child for the promise of a better life? Leave him behind with family and go myself so I can send money home to give him a better life, but a life without me in it?

I have admiration for the people who make the journey across fences, rivers, desert and mountains to try and give their families a better life. I have seen some of the areas with extreme poverty in Mexico and it isn’t hard to imagine people feeling hopeless and like they have no other options. I am also thankful for the people I know who have made the journey, because without them my life would be completely different.

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To switch or not to switch

In preparation for some life changes and getting back into the swing of blogging (partly to stay competitive with my big sis’ who’s started a really great blog at I’ve been looking into WordPress and thinking of switching things over there. They seem to have a lot more flexibility in design (85 templates vs. about 15 for blogger) and a big bonus is that I can import all of my posts over there. So if you are a reader and have stuck by me though I haven’t posted anything in almost 6 months (pregnancy has definitely turned my world upside down for awhile) don’t be surprised if you see a change in the near future… Well, “near” might be an optimistic word since I’ve been the ultimate procrastinator.

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