There have been many moments in life in which I have felt really proud of myself. But one moment that I remember with great affection was when I became a teacher. I always wanted to be a teacher as I loved kids. I gave classes in Presa de Chira, in the village Cercado de Araña. There were only a few kids and I was all day long with them. From Monday to Friday. It was one of the greatest experience of my life. I was so young at that time, only twenty-three years old.
I remember one day I was travelling by bus when I was a little kid, maybe I was about eight years old. I remember I was sad because I had an exam or something along those lines. An old man told me “why are you sad, little girl? Do you have a problem? Don’t you worry. If you can solve it, then it’s ok. And if you can’t, then it’s ok too”.
Even though I was just a little child, I kept on thinking about that old man words. And nowadays, when I have a problem, I tell to myself “you’ve got two options. You can give up or you can carry on”.
Of course, I decide to carry on always. Life is now. Tomorrow doesn’t exist. Yesterday it’s in the past. And the past is already gone. You have to look on the bright side of life always.
We had a white little cat called Teide and she was really gentle. My grandmother brought her from Tenerife, her homeland. I loved to play with her.
I also remember that a man came into my grandmother’s house to bring us fresh water. We drink the water from a mud pot. There was a bathroom at the patio and on top of the bathroom there was a little room full of books. My grandmother loved to read. In fact, my grandmother called my aunts like characters from the books of Benito Pérez Galdós.
I loved my grandmother’s house. I loved the food she prepared for us. I was always happy and excited when the family got together at my grandmother’s house. There were my cousins, my mother eating popcorn… I was lucky because I was a happy child and I grew up in a warm atmosphere. I saw the beauty in all things that surrounded me. Maybe it was just the way I saw the world.