Another Thought

Jessie Tellez Garcia (1922-2008)

For natives of Los Angeles, rain is exciting. We don’t have many seasonal changes. Wind and water for a couple months a year remind us of the circular movement of life, even if our nature isn’t as obviously dramatic as in other places. In a few days, when the sun starts to shine, the air will be filled with the energy of millions of sprouting seeds as they begin their new lives. We revel in the fleeting greenery they bring to our usual beige surroundings, our lives once again full of color.

On the second anniversary of my Grandmother’s passing, I think of these things. I still miss her terribly but she is always with me in my dreams and in my memories.

I’ve been listening to lots of Arthur Russell lately. His piece Another Thought is a perfect match for the mood of the day.
Listen here for Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals 1974 Vol. 1
More on Arthur Russell’s disco projects coming this week!

3 thoughts on “Another Thought

  1. dedalus1947 says:

    She was a beauty at the time of the picture. She must have been quite an abuelita. How does that prayer at church go?

    “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
    and let perpetual light shine upon them.
    May they rest in peace. Amen”.

  2. Chimatli says:

    Thanks so much for your beautiful comment Dedalus!

    She was “Grandma Jessie” to everyone, not just her family but I didn’t mind sharing her, she had enough love for all of us.
    She was also a real LA girl – an alumni of both Virgil and Belmont High School.

  3. apio says:

    Each picture you post of your grandmother in her youth shows someone who seems so full of vitality and a love for life. Not unlike her granddaughter.

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