Enjoys, Regrets, and a Thought


Tona, 1992-

“Regrets most: allowing others to rule my reality.”

Enjoys. Making a connection with awesome people. People who show me something I might have not looked at.

Ideal Job. Getting an associate degree in early childhood development and working with children. Or working with plants, an organic farm; I like physical work, too.

Regrets. Allowing others to rule my reality. I have learned not to let other people convince me that they know what is right for me. Take the detour to Michigan, I relied on someone else’s ideas (‘We’ll do this and this and this, and it will all work out’), changing my whole course in life.

A Thought. We all have different realities that we’re going through, and we all deal with them in different ways. Nobody can tell someone else what’s good for them.

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Tona’s Daughter


Tona, 1992-

‘Do you see it? There! Right there!’ She looks up at the top of a naked tree.

‘Do you want to see my hiding spot?’ she asks whispering, her eyes, a brilliant green, smiling. She pushes aside her mud-pie, stroking her pants as she stands up.

‘You’d need a ticket.’ Here, she hands out two tiny acorns resting on her open palm. Then she leads the way behind a bench and around the park trees. She stops, leans forwards a little, ‘Do you see it? There! Right there!’ She looks up at the top of a naked tree. An intricate bouquet of threadlike brunches draped down from the sky.

‘Isn’t it beautiful?’ she asks.

* Tona, short for Tonenzia. In Aztec mythology and present-day Nahuas refers to mother goddess.