October Bowls by Carlos Najera

(That’s me on the left at age 20, next to my mama and sister Natalia. Bobby, my older brother, is next to John. Frank and Henry are in the front.)

 Olivas family

 The mornings were getting cold. John and Bobby always left for work before the sun was up. The girls were fussing about, making themselves pretty for school. My younger brothers, Frank and Henry and I went to school together so we ate breakfast together at the small table.

The bowls were waiting for us, hot and steaming. We called it “Tole”, which is short for Atole. That is not what we were having.  Atole is something else. We were having oatmeal but we did not know the word for it in English or in Spanish, so we called it “Tole”. It was always the same, made with cinnamon, lots of raisins and a spoonful of molasses.

We ate that every day until I left home. Now it’s fifty years later . . . I’m getting hungry. I think I’ll go make me some right now.

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About jedwardnajera

I am a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I am an artist, a member of Gallery 9 in Los Altos, California. I published a novel Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, available through Amazon Books. I spent over thirty five years in a classroom. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He was a mechanical engineer and had a wonderful love of history and science. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. He wrote in Spanish and I have spent six months translating these pages into English. Now I am in the process of editing, rewriting, and revising them. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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