Just two things:
Loving and feeling loved.
What really matters?
Growing up on the ranch.
All the nights we listened
to my sister Hilda’s stories.
We didn’t have TV then.
She used to keep us in suspense –
until the day she became a bookkeeper
and stopped being the keeper of our stories.
What do you remember?
The jokes Tony played on me –
when he took the clean white sheets
off the clothes line and rattled my window
dressed like Casper. I screamed and ran
to Mother. Immediately she suspected
the culprit: “¿Dónde está Toño?”
What still makes you laugh?
Not finishing school.
Not learning how to cry.
What do you regret?
How to forgive: give it time.
What did you learn from your father?
Faithfulness. And having faith.
What did you learn from your mother?
You don’t know when to quit.
What did I learn from you?
Hilda visits me. Now that she’s dead,
she wants me to finish telling her stories.
Why can’t you sleep?
Just one thing: anti-wrinkle cream.
What would you like to take with you?
She laughs uncontrollably.
I join her, unable to contain myself.
What would you like to leave behind?