Today I'm flying to Texas to attend my grandmother's funeral. She's suffered for a long time, so as hard as it is to lose someone, there is solace in the fact that she is finally at peace.
My grandmother, or "Mami Cha Cha" as we called her, was a stunning and talented woman of Mexican and Spanish heritage and a very proud Texan.. She was an artist, a poet, a singer, and a collector of all things beautiful. She had an amazing eye and even as a child, I always considered her to be so glamorous ("glam gram") and the collections in her home to be so special.
The timing couldn't have been more appropriate when I read this in Anna Spiro's book Absolutely Beautiful Things, "Be a 'neo-traditionalist'. Bring back into your life today the ways and traditions of your family's past." Anna says, "I believe in tradition. In following thoughts, actions, ideas and tastes passed down from older generations. Family traditions evoke memories of special places and times."
These traditions can be threaded through your home by curating collections of items (baskets, pottery, figurines, hats...whatever) just like family members before you did. When I was younger, I recall trying to be different and forge my own path, but more and more I find that I enjoy incorporating pieces into my own home that remind me of my heritage and my family. These are the ways in which we put our own stamp on our homes, why our homes become our refuge and escape, and why our homes put a smile on our faces.
Amelia R. Canales
October 4, 1975 - February 27, 2015