Spreading our Wings

Hi!

Well friends, we have some news to share.  As some of you already know, Yahví and I have been talking about moving for a little while and we’ve decided to move to the Southwest.

Yahví and I fell in love with Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas when we first taught music at a camp called  Basketball in the Barrio in honor of a man named Rocky Galarza.

I am from Riverside, CA, my mom was from Phoenix, Arizona and my maternal grandmother (Grandma Nellie) was from Tucumcari, New Mexico.  I haven’t had many visions of the future in my life, but I do have a picture of myself in my later years sitting in a rocking chair on a wooden porch staring out at the desert.  I love the way the sun hits all the way to my bones when I’m in that part of the country.  I love the cool evenings and the colors in the sky.

Yahví is from Mexico City, so we’ll both be a little closer to our first homes.  We are falling in love with the culture and community at the border and feel like we have something to bring, and also that we will learn a lot.

I love Chicago and all of you that I have met here over the last almost 14 years. (My Chicago Anniversary was June 30.)

Chicago is where I grew into my adult life.  It’s where I became who I am today.  It’s where I met my Yahví. It’s where I’ve made life long friends.  I am and will always be grateful for the warmth and love I feel when I am surrounded by all of you.

The voice that is telling me to go now is the same voice that brought me to Chicago.  That was the best choice I ever made, so I trust that this will bring my life some wonderful joy and growth.

My heart is full of joy and also sadness because I will miss a lot of you very much. I’ll miss running into you in the street, at the school, downtown, in the airport at restaurants, coffee shops and concerts.

My biggest fear is that I won’t be able to give each of you a big enough hug and thank you before I go 🙂

Yahví and I will be going back and forth over the next few months and will most likely be driving our moving truck on or around October 1st.  As one of my students says, this isn’t a goodbye but a “To Be Continued.”

I used to say this about California and now I can say this about Chicago.  “You can take the girl out of Chicago, but you can’t take Chicago out of the girl.”

My mama Grace will be staying in Chicago to continue her adventures here 🙂 She is doing great and it will be so wonderful to come back and visit her often.

We’ll let you know when I have a new address and email and we can keep in touch! You can also check this blog to join with us on our adventures.

Until next time.

With so much love,

Maria 🙂

P.S.  Up next:  “Our itinerary” and “Planting a school”

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