I have been asked to compile a list of Latina writers.
When one thinks of “Latina writers”, immediately names like Sandra Cisneros, Laura Esquivel and Isabel Allende come to mind. Women with Latin roots who write about issues related to their ethnicity.
Several well known Latina writers do not have Latin surnames: Elena Poniatowska, Denise Dresser, Veronica Chambers. But no one would ever describe them as anything other than Latinas.
A third group are authors like Harriet Doer. Leonore Carrington and C.M. Mayo. These women, while not born in a Latin country write powerfully and seductively about Latin cultures.
So what is the definition of LATINA? Merriam Webster’s on line version offers this:
“1: a woman or girl who is a native or inhabitant of Latin America
2: a woman or girl of Latin-American origin living in the United States”
Hm-m-m-m-m… no precise mention of foreign born, naturalized citizens of Latin countries or women of Latin- American origin who live in other countries…
Maybe calling oneself Latina describes more than ethnicity? Perhaps it is a matter of sentiment and life experience?
I am home in beautiful peaceful Merida. The sun is shining but its not too hot and we are happy, happy, happy… My cat Hobbsie is playing hard-to-get but I can tell he’s glad to see me. The pool is not filled with yucky green stuff. None of my plants have died; in fact we have a bumper crop of orchids! My bed with its soft clean sheets felt like Heaven last night…
Nonetheless, coming home does present a few bummers.
Bummer Number One: The laundry and grocery shopping loom like unassailable mountains before me.
Plan of attack: Mañana!
Bummer Number Two: I have culled through my email and there are 101 that need an answer.
Consolation: I have patient friends
Bummer Number Three: I stepped on the scale and saw a number that no scale should ever climb up to. I tried again and yes, the number was still there.
Unequivocal Decision: No more daily margaritas… no more pan dulce for breakfast… Much more exercise!
Are you reading this post from a cold and dreary place?
If so, look at the orchids breathe deeply… then smile!
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