The child reaches forward with his toes, extending to touch the world from the comfort of his mother’s lap. She smiles, wide brown eyes into the camera, left hand resting on her left knee while the index finger of her right hand clinches the child’s overalls near his belly, holding him in place. He smiles, wide eyes into the camera, right hand resting on her right wrist while the index finger of his left hand points forward. He feels the warmth of his mother’s chin resting on his nearly bald head, nested in the safety of her crossed legs. The blades of grass reach up like threads bracing them both to the land. A scribble behind the photo, likely in my abuela’s handwriting, marks the date, 8 noviembre 1972, 48 years ago today.
Gaztambide-Fernández, R. (2021). Ungrasping the Other: The Parent, the Child, and the Making of Solidarities. A Response to Esther Ohito. Occasional Paper Series, 2021 (45). Retrieved from https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2021/iss45/11