I will quote KimR to say that in AlmaMia’s story “we are introduced to the Cienfuegos family, under whose fractured veneer of civility and familial bonds lies a seething, roiling mass of conflict, abuse, jealousy, rage, and denial. At the center of the maelstrom is nine year old AlmaMia and a talisman bracelet.”
To keep AlmaMia safe, Mamabuela gives up her family home and lands, her special connection with plants and the possibility of ever leading a normal life. The terrible ways of the mother and sister have pushed the grandmother and younger granddaughter closer together; sometimes the bright blessings just to crawl out of the shadows.
Yes, our little girl’s life is quite a mess. Vanesa and Soledad, AlmaMia’s mother and sister, have abused her mentally and psychologically. Her nights are plagued by nightmares that have found their way into her waking hours. Yet, AlmaMia is neither unhappy nor defeated. She has a talisman. I’m not referring to her charm bracelet, although that helps a lot. I’m talking about an even stronger protection, which comes from her grandmother.
The brightness that comes out of that sacrifice swallows any ugliness. AlmaMia is happier because she understands what that means. In fact, she got a bit defensive when I told her that I knew a grandmother who was as great as her Mamabuela. She glared and said some mean things, but after someone introduced her to Oma Linda, she agreed. She even wrote to the fiery crone to tell her that Grandmothers Are Magical Creatures.
To read AlmaMia’s letter to Oma Linda, stop by Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts.
Did you visit all the stops? If not, jump on the tour bus and join AlmaMia’s travels.
AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Blog Stops
Day 1 – May 15th - Capturing a Moment in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - SunshineShelle
Day 2 - May 17th - Frogs, Books and Skulls – Miniature Witchy Book - Pagan Culture Weird, I know
Day 3 – May 19th - Truth in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Tale - Magic Love Crow
Day 4 – May 21st - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Wild Magic - Laura DeLuca
Day 5 – May 23rd - Grandmothers Are Magical Creatures - Olde Baggs ‘n Stuft Shirts
Day 6 – May 25th - The Strong Women in AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Life - Green Witch with Sprinkles
Day 7 – May 27th - AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ Mango Tree - Daydream Believer
Hands image borrowed from FeeFee.