Yesterday was Karli’s birthday. She turned 19. She hasnt seen her Yayo( my husband Miguel) in 6 years, since his deportation. She has been through a lot in that time and they have missed all that time together. Miguel couldnt call her yesterday but spoke with me the night before. He told me to sing Las Mananitas to her on her day. This is a beautiful Mexican tradition,to be sung early in the morning so that the person wakes up to this love in song.
Estas son Las manañitas
(These are the morning songs)
que cantaba el Rey David.
(that King David sang.)
Hoy por ser día de tu santo
(For today to be the day of your saint)
te las cantamos así.
(we sing to you like this.)
¡Despierta, mi bien, despierta!
(Wake up, my dear. Wake up!)
Mira que ya amaneció.
(See that it is already dawn…)
Qué linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte…
(How beautiful is the morning in which I come to greet you…)
It wasnt early yesterday, but around ten I picked up her mom Sondra and went to pick Karli(Genoveva is her middle name-Miguel has been the only one who has always called her that) to take her to her birthday lunch. She was getting dolled up to go out,standing in front of the
mirror,putting on her make-up. I had found a beautiful rendition of the song and started playing it for her. Tears started running down her cheeks and she dropped the make-up and covered her face in her hands,sobbing.Her mom and I rushed to hold her and she choked out ¨please,I cant do this now,I remember when he used to sing this too me on my birthday,since I was born,please!¨
No one in the government knows or cares.The political pundits dont. The critics and haters of undocumented families dont.Even many s0-called Christians dont. As long as its not their families,children,husbands,wives,then it doesnt matter. If it were veterans families,families of the terminally ill, violent crime victims families,then the public considers them worthy of our sympathy and help-but the undocumented are considered little more than human waste.Non-human entities ,vermin that needs to be eradicated.
This morning I was reading a friends blog. She moved her family to Mexico to be with her husband who voluntarily went back to try and legally get his permission to live in a country he has made his own-to raise his family. My friend is an educated,bright woman who served honorably in the military,but who in essence,has been punished and deported by association with her husband.If she had been maimed in her tour of duty she would be revered and shown compassion,but because she loves and married an¨illegal¨(their term,not mine),she has been kicked to the curb,so to speak. This is abominable. As I read her blog I remembered Karli’s sobs yesterday and I started to cry.
What is wrong with us? Why do we fear and hate? Its so selfish and evil. Sometimes when I read some comments on artilces about immigration, the hatred and evil is palpable and nearly jumps off the page or out of the computer screen. It often makes me literally sick on my stomach and sick at heart.
To be fair,I know many who are tirelessly working for reform and help in spite of man-made laws and genuinely love and care about our brothers and sisters her without the blessing of papers or the means to get them. And yes Karli-your Yayo loves you always-because love of family and indeed,God’s love transends borders.