A Place in El Paso: A Mexican-American Childhood by Gloria López-Stafford

By Gloria López-Stafford

This memoir of starting to be up in El Paso within the Forties and Fifties creates a complete urban: the best way a barrio awakens within the early morning sunlight, the fun of a unprecedented wasteland snow, the style of fruit-flavored raspadas on summer season afternoons, the "money boys" who beg from commuters passing from side to side to Ju???rez, and the mischief of youngsters pleasing themselves within the streets. L???pez-Stafford indicates readers El Paso throughout the eyes of Yoya--short for Gloria--the high-spirited narrator, who's 5 years outdated while the booklet begins.Yoya is a survivor. Her younger mom has died, leaving her within the care of her a lot older father, who attempts to supply for his kin by way of promoting used garments. Her brother Carlos, Padre Luna, and a group of youngsters and ladies suppose accountability for Yoya, yet just like the inexplicable lack of her mom, unforeseen adjustments separate her from her cherished barrio. the quest for su lugar, her position, turns into a look for id as Gloria seeks to appreciate her a variety of houses and households.

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We knew about the war because some families had sons in the fight. Some of their sons came home on furlough dressed in their military uniforms; others came home for burial. There were marines, sailors, fly boys, and soldiers. The family across the street had two, a year apart, who came home to be buried at Fort Bliss cemetery. When the widow's son Ignacio joined the Air Force and left for the war, he parked an old black convertible on St. Vrain in front of our mulberry tree and our street light.

Page vii CONTENTS Part I The Projects 1 Prologue, 1949 3 2 The Second Ward and My Parents 6 3 St. " The banner slogan was draped across the blackboard of my social studies class in El Paso, Texas. The black letters jumped off the white background. The slogan on the banner was appropriate because the elementary school was named after Sam Houston, first president of the Republic of Texas. The colors were the colors of the school. It was September and we were going to the auditorium to see the movie, The Battle of the Alamo.

By May, the mulberries were ripe on our tree. We didn't like to eat them, but we loved to squash them with our huaraches. Each day before we played with tops or baleros, we would smash all the mulberries that the birds had caused to drop that day. The squashed mulberries would leave big purple spots on our sidewalk under our lamp post. It would be late summer before they would begin to fade. In the summer, those purple spots formed colorful designs for our a la pata coja, hopscotch, that we drew with caliche rock.

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