Solar Eclipse Memories - In 1979, my mother was pregnant with me during the solar eclipse. My great-grandma Benita warned my mother to place a silver key on her belly to protect me from birth defects but, she didn't abide and my right ear never fully formed. With that said, I believe my birth defect taught me about resiliency at such an early age because kids were so mean to me as I proudly wore my surgical helmet to school. I'd fearlessly pack my favorite books and crayons when it was time to visit the hospital again and again. (I had reconstructive surgery before 6 years old) Even though we have our own expectations of ourselves, there's always a way that the universe reminds you that you are perfect just as you are. The curandera I saw last year reminded me that the gods gave me this ear and I should be proud.
This story is the inspiration behind this collage from my Remedies for Re(membering) series. This is my great-grandma Benita and two of my tias beside her, as she wears a silver key on her belly and a lock of my hair.
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