Great-grandmothers photograph

Photograph of my great-grandmother
Photograph of my great-grandmother

My Mama’nita is the Mother of all Mothers. She had nine children, eight of whom immigrated to the U.S young. My grandma was one of those eight. She left my Mom and aunt with my Mama’nita at a young age. My Mama’nita was more of a mother to them than just her grandma. To everyone else, she precisely was. She immigrated to the U.S when she was 60 and later died of cancer. Losing her was one of the hardest things our family went through. This picture was taken in Tuxpan, Mexico, and an individual copy was made for her children, my aunt, and Mother, after her passing. Everybody in our family has this picture, but what separates them from each other are the messages of consolation in the back. My Mama’nita is our most substantial contribution to our traditions, culture, and education. With passed down recipes such as coaxala, tacos de la estación, and posole, to also necessitating respecting customs between families, overall, we are who we are because of Mama'nita. 

Place(s): Tuxpan, Mexico

– Alexa Martinez

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more