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Mondays with Melitas – February 23, 2015

Melitas sent me one from the archives….

SOME KID DAYS OF THE WARDEN                       AUGUST 27, 2012

 

It appears the Warden had a childhood full of chores (grinding the corn for one,) fisticuffs, squabbling, tugs-of-war, being bullied by 2 brothers, one older, and one a few years younger. There was also another brother, but he was 8 years younger so was not around when the 3 siblings were “going at it.”   The family lived over in eastern Arizona, the town was Morenci, and the people there worked in the copper mine. The mining company had built the town to house the miners.

Alba’s Dad was pure-blood Aztec, and his job at the mine was being a big shovel operator, which was a very important part of this open pit mining operation. Her Mom was very industrious, and had a little business going out of their home. She made fresh corn tortillas to sell to the townspeople, and there were a few other items such as Mexican LP records, silver jewelry, Mexican curios and I would suppose anything she would get requests for, and then during the Christmas season a lot of fresh masa was sold to the families to make their traditional tamales. I’m mentioning all this because I can’t figure out when the 3 kids had a chance to get into trouble because according to the Warden, her Mom had them working, working, working; grinding the corn, grinding the corn.

Señor Xóchihua, the father in this little family had added on an area at the side of the home at the behest of Mom for her little enterprise. The living room remained their private area.

When the Warden was 4 or 5 years old, she loved to collect rocks — all colors, shapes, sizes — she just loved them, and had quite a collection. I can imagine there were plenty of rocks to be found in that mountainous, desert area, and in a kid’s eyes they were beautiful.

So now Li’l Alba has this huge collection of Morenci rocks, and they are very precious to her. But what to do?   Where can she keep them so the devil brothers can not get to them and do something rotten? Where, oh where can she hide her beloved rocks? She had to find a hiding place, and she searched through the house to find a safe haven — searching, searching, searching — definitely NOT under her bed, and their bedroom was out, no place in the dining room, living room was out because that was Mom’s pride and joy, always in “just so” precise order. She finally went into Mom and Pop’s bedroom still searching, searching, searching, and spied the closet door. She opened the door, and what did she spot right off the bat? A bunch of shoe boxes all stacked very neatly — just what the doctor ordered to house her collection!

Mom’s shoes came out — Li’l Alba’s rocks went in. Mom just happened to love and adore shoes, and throughout the neighborhood she was known as the “Imelda Marcos of Morenci.” — just as I am known as “Meli Marcos” with MY shoe collection. And that was why Mom had her little business going in order to support her love for shoes.

Now, a few days later, when Lupe (Mom) went into her closet to find a nice pair of shoes for church, you could hear the screaming all over that mountain side when she discovered UGALY DIRTY ROCKS in the boxes, and her adored beautiful shoes were stuck around on the floor. Later, it turned out the natives had thought all this racket had been the warning horn and there was an emergency at the mine site.

Just imagine what took place then. The culprit had to come forward, and then had to take her medicine. Yes, the Li’l Aztec Princess got her licking, then was assigned to the grinding the corn department for what seemed to be ETERNITY. I do not know what happened to the amazing, beloved rock collection.

Maybe I’ll ask the Warden one of these days.

 

 

MELITAS FORSTER

 

5 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – February 23, 2015”

  1. Thanks for a fun and loving story. As you very well know….Alba is still a fabulous Princess and solid as a rock!!

  2. OH MY THAT WAS JUST “ONE” OF HER STORIES . TRUE HER BROTHERS USED TO PICK ON HER BUT MY LITTLE FRIEND WAS NO ANGEL SHE DID PLANTY ON HER OWN . DID SHE TELL YOU ABOUT THE TIME THEY KILLED A PIG AT HER HOUSE AND SHE TOOK THE EYES OF THE PIG TO SCHOOL ? WELL AT LUNCH TIME IN THE CAFETERIA WE WERE ALL EATING OUR LUNCH WHEN OUT OF THE BLUE SHE REACHES INTO HER POCKET AND PULLS THESE PIG EYES AND ROLS THEM ON THE TABLE . WE ALL JUST ABOUT BARFED AND LEFT THE TABLE . SHE SAT THERE ALL BY HERSELF EATING . SHE LATER SAID SHE FELT VERY BAD . YEA RIGHT . I THINK SHE ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE OF IT . NO WONDER HER MOTHER GAVE HER A GOOD BEATING WHEN SHE FOUND ALL HER NEW SHOES ON THE FLOOR AND ALB’S ROCKS IN HER SHOE BOXES . SHE ALSO USED TO TELL A CERTAIN TEACHER DIRTY JOKES . WHY HE NEVER REPORTED HER TO THE PRINCIPAL I WILL NEVER KNOW . I GUESS HE LIKED HER AND THE JOKES . SO YOU SEE MELITAS I KNOW ALL ABOUT YOUR LITTLE WARDEN . IF YOU NOTICE HER FINGER NAILS ARE FLAT SHE HAS A STORY ABOUT THAT TO . ASK HER . TALK TO YOU LATER . I HAVE SAID MORE THAN ENOUGH NOW . GOD BLESS YOU AND HUGS TO YOU AND THE PRINCESS OF MISCHIEF .:)

  3. Melitas

    Thanks for that cute story about Alba and her beloved rocks! Watch out for your shoes – you never know if and when they’ll show up again!

    BESOS,
    Jamie

  4. What a fun story. Seems stories abound of the Warden. You both have so much joy in your lives. Glad we get to live vicariously through your senses!

  5. Very sorry to hear about Annie. It was time for her to go on that extended vacation that you always talk about. God bless her for sticking around so long! In regards to the story, can’t imagine the “warden” was so full of mischief. In my eyes, she is the princess that does no wrong. Love, Marcie

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