Child Of Many Rivers: Journeys To And From The Rio Grande by Lucy Fischer-West

By Lucy Fischer-West

Lucy Fischer-West is aware the ability of birthplace and of borders and rivers. Her memoir starts off with the tale of her mom and dad, one reared in Germany, the opposite in Mexico, and the way they discovered one another at the Texas-Mexico border. Fischer-West's personal trips take her from her beginning within the Hudson River Valley; to her upbringing on either side of the Rio Grande; around the Atlantic to Scotland after which France; and at last to India's River Ganges, midway all over the world from the El Paso barrio the place she grew up. Hers is a typical lifestyles made striking through its course and via the folks who, having touched and enriched her lifestyles, stick with her, as nurturing to her spirit because the rivers that support her mark time. by means of focusing now not at the conflicts of border existence yet relatively on daily stories made wealthy via her appreciation of them, Fischer-West honors her rivers and the folks who go back and forth them, pass them, survive their banks, and shower of their waters. Her tale touches at the feelings that bind us to others: anger, sorrow, equanimity, exuberance, and serenity.

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Whether it was a sailor’s tradition or his way of preparing for Madame Hahn’s prophecy, he never did say. He asked her to marry him Lucy’s mother in .       and wanted it to happen immediately. She said yes to the proposal, but no to an instant wedding. S. Merchant Marine. From his travels he sent postcards and wrote faithfully, mostly in English, other times in somewhat jumbled Spanish. He also sent gifts from around the world—horn sculptures from Argentina, a teapot and cups from Japan, a jacquard tablecloth from Spain depicting the story of El Cid, and a mantilla for her to wear on their wedding day.

In what looks like a promotional picture, there is one man in mime makeup complete with a big bow around his neck and a ribbon-decorated beret; my father and another man are in leotard-type undershirts, the kind worn by acrobats. All three men are handsome, but of course my father has the most beautiful smile, the most expressive eyes. The De Perón Trio was an acrobatic comedic team, and to hear my father tell it, they were no fly-by-night performers. The fourteen pages that chart his months as an entertainer seem to back that up.

Señora, señora,” she would implore, “tengo mucha hambre. ” The game lasted until her father happened to be conducting business with the owner of a house she visited and heard his daughter’s plaintive voice asking for food to satisfy her hunger. A razor-strop whipping ensured that she never played that game again. My grandmother’s childhood did not last long. At fourteen, she was called into the family parlor to decide whether she wanted to marry the young man who had come to ask for her hand; so nervous was she that she accidentally said yes instead of the no she intended.

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