Mexico es bello. Mexico is beautiful. I was six years old when I left. I have a few memories but they are all amazing and colorful. I went back to Mexico when I was a college student conducting research in Oaxaca. Right away, I felt it’s embrace. The people, the music, the traditions, the clothing, the humbleness, it all embraced me at once and I felt at home. As I got immersed in the daily life, I felt an emptiness. I felt an immense nostalgia for a life I did not live. I wondered what my life would have be like, what lifetime friendships did I miss, what traditions did I not get to experience.
A goal of this blog is to embrace my roots and capture as much of mi cultura. My goal is to embrace the beauty of my culture and pass this heritage onto my children. My Isabelle Penelope is the legacy of this heritage. It is attached to her name. I will teach her the beauty of the Spanish and Mixtec languages, the magic in our music, the heavenly taste of our comida, and the importance of familia. My hope is that the embers of her culture blazes in her heart for a lifetime.