"MY MOTHER... MY LIFE'S KEEPER..."


This lady liked to dance and watch classic movies
Here she was 18 years old
22 years latter she would become my mother...

She gave me this life
A name, warmth
She took me to her home
Fed me, kept me clean
Comforted me in fearful and sad moments
Encouraged me to walk and speak
Gave me the first smile
The first hug
She was my first love...

In the cold nights
She used to wake up in the middle of the night
To make sure the blanket was over me
She came and sat beside me when I woke up terrorized by a nightmare
She included me in her prayers
She raised me with values
When I got sick she did stand by my side as a devoted nurse a good mother can be...

She gave me her time and patience
She understood me when I did find no words to describe my feelings
She taught me the importance of education
Many times she surprised me with a dessert she knew I liked the most
As soon as I arrived tired from school
Every single day she opened the door of her house
To welcome me and hug me...

She shared her life and experiences with me
She trusted me her feelings and thoughts
She empowered me with her braveness
She had to make hard decisions for my well being
She prepared a birthday cake every single year
She gave me a dignifying life
She taught me to value the things I had
About friendship and to be respectful to all
To love animals and do not mistreat any being...

She helped me to understand my mistakes
Helped me to see beyond the surface of things and people
She was my teacher, nurse, safe harbor, best friend, best model
From her I learned about unconditional love
She taught me to forgive and keep faith alive...

In spite of all the hard life she had
All those challenges and emotional roller coasters
She tried to make mine as smooth path as possible
She gave me self-confidence
Gave me so many reasons to be happy
She let me experience the wonderful feeling of belonging
She was a very strong and loving woman
Mother of 4 girls
Devoted wife
Giving friend
The gift God gave me from heaven...

She made me feel so many times in heaven in her presence
That was beautiful!
I will be forever grateful for all those treasures she brought into my life
Her devotion, her encouragement
I would love if all kids had a loving mother as I did
It makes all the difference
A good mother is like to have won the lottery ticket
I felt the luckiest person on earth!

My mother will always be with me
Now I am a mother myself
Every day I do try to be to my son
The mother my mother was to me
Because if I succeed in it
I know it will have made of his life
A gratifying experience
Having as a foundation genuine love
The feeling of being wanted!

My mother made me feel sooo wanted in spite of my imperfections...
What a blessing!

Wherever you are in heaven, mom
Know that I will always celebrate you in my heart and memories
One day we will meet again
This time will be to never say goodbye again to each other
Amen!

From a person who loved you more than anything and anyone else,
Simone.

"I HAVE A DREAM...'

I have a dream...
All colors will be blended
By forming a human race rainbow
The colors of one's skin will be a reason for pride not prejudice...
I have a dream...
Peace will be achieved as a lasting agreement
Religion will keep being each one's identity by choice
But not a reason for animosity between people...
I have a dream...
Social inequality will be extinguished
All will have a place in the sun
All will have a chance to enjoy a dignifying life...

I have a dream...
Basic needs will be guaranteeded as a right
Nobody will ever experience starvation
Neither physical nor emotional... 
I have a dream...
Segregation will turn into unification
Diversity celebrated
Hate .... dissipated...
I have a dream...
Universal peace will be everybody's choice
Each person will have a voice
This world will be contaminated by pure rejoice...

I have a dream...
Disabilities will not mean lack of capabilities
But
A new path of possibilities
Due to one's versatilities...


I have a dream...
Bullying will be condemned as a shameful thing
Education will change mentality from brutality
To morality...

I have a dream...
Diversity will be taken as formidable force
As a strength source...
I have a dream...
Labels will be banned
Prejudice against differences overturned
People will not be classified
But this world passified...

I have a dream...
Love will be everybody's choice of living and relating
Ultimate foundation for understanding
Until the human race's life as a whole become outstanding...

(Simone)

"THE CHINESE VILLAGE..."



Several generations ago
This was a scenery of intense life...

In the very early mornings
As soon as it was time for the sun to wake up
Women rushed to open the windows
Announcing the start of a new day

There was no time for the families to sit around the table in the morning
The breakfast was taken in a hurry
Men went away to the fields
Children still a little sleepy marched in group to school

The family house was located at the end of a narrow street
It was built at a time I cannot even imagine
Those solid walls would have so much to tell
If they could talk
Countless stories unfolded there

This is the first time I come to visit this place, this house
Somehow it feels familiar, that deja vu thing
I love the entrance, with the red banners hanging
In Chinese culture calligraphy has been always very important
So, the old generations used to write on the walls
As the characters themselves could be decorations
Meaning nothing less than pride

It smells food and past
Everything so silent, so ancient...
This house is like a temple to me
I can think about all the people who lived here
Pray for them
Talk to them with my heart
I just arrived, but it seems that my soul has gotten rooted already
It wants to stay
It feels fascinated, attracted to the memories buried in this place..

I can hear the relatives talking mandarin
I can hear their loud laughs while the tea is being served
I see the tiredness consuming their sweated bodies
And the suffering carved in their faces

Nature here is magnificent
The majestic mountains
The rice fields blanketing the wet soil
The colors are so amazing
Everything is so, so vivid
So intense!
As intense as the hardness of life

Life in the rural areas is endless work the entire year
People wake up thinking about the harvest
Go to sleep thinking about the harvest
Everything evolves around the harvest
After all, this is where the fuel to sustain life comes from

But I like to think that each and every person living here
Had their own secret dreams
Some women could want to be singers
Some men could want to experience risky adventures beyond the huge mountains
Kids could want to fly as the birds do ...
Life should be more than the harvest
How about the food to the soul, to the heart?
We can starve emotionally if a dream is not fed within...

This Chinese village now is my dream
I want to breath it
I want to live and die here
I want to belong to this place
The force of its nature is too powerful to be ignored
It bewitches me.... completely
This is my heaven
This is my identity
I evoke my ancestors
To embrace me
I want to leave my own legacy to the next generations
I don't want to break the chain of memories...

(Simone)