Reflections... (Warm thoughts keep me warm)

I have to admit. Icy weather and I don't mix well. I like the sun but as cliché as this may sound, I would never be able to appreciate the sun without having sunless days. So what has kept me warm?

Warm sentiments keep me warm. It's a hot cup of "Abuelita" chocolate for the soul.I always get nostalgic during this time of the year and I begin remembering all the times that I spent in my hometown of Crystal City, TX. I especially think of going to midnight mass during Nochebuena and then going to my paternal grandma's house to open Christmas presents. Oh the memories!

My cousins and I used to have a Christmas program for the family. It was held in my grandmother's living room. Since I was the oldest, I was the organizer. I would dance some pop routine that I learned from music videos that I recorded on the VCR (something by Janet or Michael Jackson), my brother and cousins would tell jokes, we would present a skit, sing carols, etc. We still talk about some of the fun, crazy things we did during those gatherings. As children, we wear fearless. We were all comedians, actors, dancers and entertainers.

In my maternal grandmother's house we would make tamales. The best times of my life were spent in my abuelita's kitchen with my tias and prima Roseana as we laughed and laughed and made tamales. It was a ceremony. It felt like a special ritual that was sacred. The warmth of the love of everyone in that room was enough to warm me for the rest of my days. I can still smell the tamales cooking in the oven.

Those years of childhood holidays are long gone but the memories live on. I've even created new memories with my son. Those are the things that keep me warm on cold days like this. The love that was shown to me from an early age is what keeps my heart warm and happy. So parents, aunts, uncles, friends -- love those around you. The children, the grandparents and even you will have memories that will last a lifetime, memories that will keep your heart and soul warm, especially on days like this.

 

Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.

Warm sentiments keep me warm. It's a hot cup of "Abuelita" chocolate for the soul.I always get nostalgic during this time of the year and I begin remembering all the times that I spent in my hometown of Crystal City, TX. I especially think of going to midnight mass during Nochebuena and then going to my paternal grandma's house to open Christmas presents. Oh the memories!

My cousins and I used to have a Christmas program for the family. It was held in my grandmother's living room. Since I was the oldest, I was the organizer. I would dance some pop routine that I learned from music videos that I recorded on the VCR (something by Janet or Michael Jackson), my brother and cousins would tell jokes, we would present a skit, sing carols, etc. We still talk about some of the fun, crazy things we did during those gatherings. As children, we wear fearless. We were all comedians, actors, dancers and entertainers.

In my maternal grandmother's house we would make tamales. The best times of my life were spent in my abuelita's kitchen with my tias and prima Roseana as we laughed and laughed and made tamales. It was a ceremony. It felt like a special ritual that was sacred. The warmth of the love of everyone in that room was enough to warm me for the rest of my days. I can still smell the tamales cooking in the oven.

Those years of childhood holidays are long gone but the memories live on. I've even created new memories with my son. Those are the things that keep me warm on cold days like this. The love that was shown to me from an early age is what keeps my heart warm and happy. So parents, aunts, uncles, friends -- love those around you. The children, the grandparents and even you will have memories that will last a lifetime, memories that will keep your heart and soul warm, especially on days like this.

 

Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.