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El Arrullo de Dios

Words to live by....

By DHOC
Published on LatinoLA: August 19, 2004


El Arrullo de Dios


Esta casa la compro..... sin fortuna........ esta casa la compro con amor... Pa que huegen..... mis hijos con la luna.... pa que huegen, mis hijos....... con el sol...... yo les quiero dejar lo que no tuve, yo los quiero mirar poco a poco crecer....... y alcansar una nube, yo quisiera que Dios, que Dios los arrullara, y un manana distinto, y un distinto ma?ana, tambien que Dios los ayudara......

I?m sure people must wonder why my inspiration comes from listening to music. Well, since there were so many of us in my family, our leisure time consisted of doing chores, listening to music, listening to more music, learning the words to the songs, and learning to dance..... Therefore, now when I hear certain songs, they affect me deeply, especially songs from yesteryear..... Those tunes quickly abscond my memory to those humble beginnings embedded in my mind........

Come with me and see...................

After a long hard struggle migrating to northern states to pick crops, my mother decided to remain in Texas to give us a better life.... She held a day job and went to a local university at night.... We lived in a one bedroom dilapidated home with a state of the art ?out? house. Conditions were a bit cramped in that little house, but at the time, that was all mom could afford. Strong and determined to take us out of poverty, she knew the only way was improving her education....

A beautiful stern lady, she worked full time, studied, and tried desperately to provide as much as possible for her family. My eldest brother and two eldest sisters, helping out.... making sure we were all fed, bathed, and stayed out of trouble...... while my mom severely exhausted, came home, grabbed what she could to eat, staying for a very brief period, before dashing out the door again....

There were plenty of interferences and hardships in between .... our meals consisting of sopas, beans, and tortillas and hand me downs but we didn?t care, we were headed in a brighter direction and we knew there were sacrifices to be endured..........

Slowly but surely, mom?s vision was successfully becoming a reality...........

She began working at a hospital and a few months later, we moved into a brand new home....... The fresh dark dirt covering our front yard, the long concrete driveway, the fresh paint on the walls of our new bedrooms, and a paved street..... were definitely a sight to see.....

With God?s help, mom had managed to stand firm by her dream and become that pillar of strength we needed to beat the odds.......

Was this the beginning of the end of a tradition or was this the beginning of an era of empowerment and Chicano victories.........

38 years gone, the successes keep coming....... I stand proudly by my identity.... For my rearing and heritage has structured my existence with strength, integrity, and character.........

Esta casa la compro..... sin fortuna........ esta casa la compro con amor... Pa que huegen..... mis hijos con la luna.... pa que huegen, mis hijos....... con el sol...... yo les quiero dejar lo que no tuve, yo los quiero mirar poco a poco creser....... y alcansar una nube, yo quisiera que Dios, que Dios los arrullara, y un manana distinto, y un distinto manana, tambien que Dios los ayudara......

~ Dedicated to a very powerful woman....my mother, Sylvia "Josefina" Cardenas Gonzalez ~

Image: Detail of art by Irene Carranza

About DHOC:
MaryAnn Gonzalez (DHOC, Die Hard Onda Chicana) passionate writer, involved in promoting Tejano music, our culture, our raza, and our accomplishments (maryanngonzalez@lycos.com)





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