Doña Margarita

   Here’s a “Kodak moment” with me and my grandma back in 1948. Her name was Margarita Ledesma. All my life she looked the same. She never changed. I have a picture of her when she was a young lady, looks the same.  As the years rolled by and I grew up, she looked the same.

   She never spoke English. She lived here in California for over 70 years and I only heard her speak one word that was kind of English. She called those cars that were made in Japan, “Coyotas.”  Another thing she would do that made us laugh was, cover the TV with a blanket each night before going to bed.

   “I can see them. They can see me.” She said, (en español).

   Many of the old people in Oxnard addressed her as Doña Margarita.  It is a term of respect. She was never called Señora Ledesma. I asked my mama why when I was old enough to notice that. When Grandma and her family came to the U.S. around the year 1910, a lot of people that worked for them came along also. These were the people I heard calling her Doña Margarita.

   In the picture, Grandma and I are on the porch of her house in Oxnard. She lived there with my two aunts Katherine and Emily. My brother lived there as well. The house was on E Street, and so was our church.

   Grandma walked to morning Mass every day of her life until the years took that away from her, and walking became more difficult. I miss her, now that I am thinking about her.

About jedwardnajera

I am an artist and a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I published several novels. Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, Dust of the Moon are among them, available through Amazon Books. I have spent over thirty five years in a classroom. I am now retired from that profession. 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 entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. Now I am continuing the tradition by posting my own stories and misadventures. 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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