THE FIRST MEMOIR OF A YOUNG GIRL FROM WESTBURY ON HER FIRST TRIP TO EUROPE: STORYTELLING

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CHOREOGRAPHER

MEXICO

ONE OF MY FIRST MEMORIES AS A CHILD INVOLVES MY TITA (A COMMON MEXICAN WORD FOR GRANDMOTHER)

I REMEMBER SITTING ON TITA’S TABLE IN THE KITCHEN, MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, SURROUNDED BY SENSATIONAL AROMAS, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

AT THE AGE OF 8, TITA GAVE ME THE MOST INCREDIBLE GIFT THAT AN EIGHT-YEAR OLD GIRL COULD HAVE, SHE GAVE ME A CHICKEN, WHO I NAMED BIBI. TITA THOUGHT ME HOW TO FEED BIBI. I SPENT MOST OF MY TIME WITH BIBI. EVERY DAY, AFTER SCHOOL, I USE TO FEED BIBI, WATCH BIBI AND PLAY WITH BIBI. I PLAYED WITH BIBI’S SOFT FEATHERS TILL BIBI FELL ASLEEP.

ONE DAY, STRAIGHT AFTER SCHOOL, I WENT INTO THE BACKYARD TO LOOK FOR BIBI, I COULDNN’T FIND HIM, SO I LOOKED IN THE HOUSE BUT I STILL COULDN’T FIND HIM. I MADE MY WAY THROUGH TO TITA AND ASKED TITA IF SHE HAD SEEN BIBI BUT SHE DIDN’T ANSWER MY QUESTION. INSTEAD OF ANSWERING MY QUESTION, SHE TOLD ME HOW PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF COWS, PIGS AND CHICKENS. SHE THEN WENT ON TO SAY THAT PEOPLE CAN EAT COWS, PIGS AND CHICKENS, AS A NORMAL, DAILY ACTIVITY IN LITTLE TOWNS OR FARMS.

I WAS IN TOTAL SHOCK. HOW COULD TITA HAVE DONE THIS TO BIBI? I REFUSED TO BELIEVE ALL THAT TITA SAID. THIS WAS IMPOSSIBLE!

TWO WEEKS AFTER BIBI’S MISSING REPORT, WE HAD A FAMILY MEETING IN A LITTLE TOWN NEAR GUADALAJARA. WE WERE IN OUR OLD, BIG HOUSE, WHICH HAD A BIG BACKYARD FILLED WITH CHICKENS AND HENS. EVERYONE WAS CHATTING AND LAUGHING, AS A FAMILY OFTEN DOES, OUT OF NOWHERE, TITA CAME AND ANNOUNCED “TIME FOR LUNCH… WE ARE HAVING CHICKEN SOUP”.

NAYELY BY NTM

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