Out with my old life; hand me a new one.
Sounds like a perfect New Year’s sediment–oops!–sentiment!. And it comes from someone new to our site who found us by first visiting our friend and neighbor Victor Villasenor at http://victorvillasenor.com/.
Victor is the inspiration for The Third Annual Victor Villasenor First Sentence Contest. He has just been nominated for a third time to be be awarded The Pulitzer Prize, this time for Lion Eyes, which you can preview on his website.
Christina Espinosa has a work in progress called Madre Bendita, and from this she offeres her first sentence as a contest submission.
Muela mi vida vieja,
Hazme una nueva.
(rough translation: out with my old life, hand me a new one)
“Y así se hace el Chile de limón” said Mami Lucy, our passive aggressive matriarch, putting down the tejolote.
If it was one thing she knew, it was chilitos. She could make a meal for our entire family with flour, chile, and garlic. Of course she had experience making something from nothing. Her family had left Montemorelos during the Villa period, leaving behind their property and belongings to become poor Braceros in the United States. My Mami Lucy was born right on the river bank, becoming the first United States citizen in her family, although, she would forever refer to white people as “Americanos”, meaning Americans, a group to which she would tell you she was proud never to include herself in.