SoCS~ The “Coqui” from Puerto Rico

The “Coqui” it’s one of the sounds I most missed from my island Puerto Rico. This little frog is part of our culture and we can’t believe how this tiny frog can make this loud sound. The sound of the “Coqui” it’s part of our culture and it’s the sound we all love. The “Coqui” it’s one of the most beautiful tiny frogs. We as Puerto Rican or like we call ourselves Boricuas love our “Coqui”. As a child, I would try to catch them, but I never got lucky in getting one. The best time to hear them it’s at night or when it’s raining. Of course, you have to have lots of plants that’s where they like to hide. The sound of the “Coqui” makes me miss my home.

SoCS~ “animal sounds” is hosted by Linda G. Hill.

JusJoJanuary 7th, 2020 “Mix”

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 7th, 2020, is “mix.” Use the word “mix” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I have mixed emotions today. Waking up with the news that Puerto Rico was struck by a 6.6 earthquake. My sister called at 5 am and I can hear the sirens. I felt impotence that I’m so far away and I can’t be there for my family. My husband called his parents and they were evacuated since they live close to the beach.

Two years ago, Puerto Rico suffered a Huracan Maria and for the past few days, my beautiful island has been shaking and last night the big shake with lots of homes ruins. As for now, my sister went back to her home, however, she’s afraid to go back. They didn’t have electricity all day until now.

As for my in-Laws, they can’t go back yet because their home is too close to the beach. I’m also afraid for my family and my friends. I’m keeping evryone in my prayers!

Not superficial

As soon as I wake up I turn on the TV to watch the News. I imagine what kind of awful News we will have this time. Lately the News are being covering the tragedies from three different hurricanes hitting Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. The earthquake in Mexico, the shooting in Las Vegas, the concern of Korea missiles, and the wars in the middle east.

Some days I’m afraid to go out of the door, it’s terrible living in fear. If I talk to one of my friends who likes to recite passages from the bible instead of feeling safer knowing God loves me I get more terrify. I want my grandkids to have a chance to live a wonderful life. However, it’s frightening watching how our world is getting worse.

The leaders of our countries instead of making the world better, they have been creating more chaos. They are selfish and their first priority it’s having the power to control others. I perceive the hatred and racism is growing too fast.

Then last night I was watching the News direct from Puerto Rico and I saw the people smiling and telling their loves ones “we are fine and we will stand up again” those images brought tears to my eyes. They don’t have power, water, and not enough food and they are making sure their families don’t worry. I saw the volunteers from the USA and other countries, helping cleaning the roads, bringing water, food, and giving them hope. I recognize we have remarkable people who are making a difference.
The leaders of our countries should be learning from them. For me they are “angels” who are taking their time to help rebuild and who gives comfort to people in needs. To those “angels” thank you for being an example to follow and give hope for our next generations.

Daily Post: Superficial

Finally, great news!

After eight long days watching the news and waiting to communicate with my family, finally I got to talk to them. The communication is very limited and the only connection is a phone land. Any other cellular company like T-Mobile, Verizon, or AT&T they don’t work. It’s incredible how much people pay for expenses cellular phones and the only ones working it’s the land lines or the local company.

My in-laws lost everything they have and when I spoke to them I can feel their sadness. They were prepared for the hurricane because their home is close to the coast, still it’s difficult to see the damages. My brother and my sister live in two different areas and they didn’t lost as much. The people in Puerto Rico doesn’t have electric power, water is running out, short on food, and unable to go back to work. A few stores are beginning to open but it’s difficult to get there. Besides they have a curfew from 6pm to 5am for safety and the wait for help it’s moving slowly.

I’m happy to have the chance to hear from them and knowing they are safe. For now, I’m waiting for the postal service to begin working so I can send a few packages and money.
Thank you to everyone who are keeping Puerto Rico in their prayers. I know my people from Puerto Rico are strong and they will get the help they need.

 

the island with no electric power

Superstition!

I grew up in Puerto Rico and living in a Spanish household the superstitions are everywhere.  It’s part of my culture and no matter how silly some of them sound still part of me. Every time I go back home to visit, memories of my childhood returns, including listening again to the stories and superstitions.

Here are a few I still remember and they still believe:

Cracked the egg into a glass of water and make sure the egg yolk settle in the water without breaking it. Leave it under your bed and checked in the morning. The egg yolk would have a shape and would determine your future much like tea leaf reading.

Cracked an egg with 2 yolks in it and someone close to you is having a baby.

Don’t open an umbrella indoors, it causes bad luck.

If you sweep a woman’s feet, she’ll never get married

An upside down broom behind the door will get rid of unwanted visitors.

If the baby had a hiccup pull a string off your shirt with saliva then place on baby forehead and the hiccup would go away.

Before you throw away bread you need to give it a kiss and say; “forgive me God” (perdon papa Dios) or God would punish you with hunger.

Don’t leave your hair in a brush lying anywhere, because the witch (a bruja) will come do Santeria with it.

Never sleep with your feet facing the door or the devil to come and snatch your soul.

Walking over someone laying down on the floor would take a year off of their life.

Don’t kill a moth inside your house or you will get bad luck.

If a rooster crows 3 times during the day, or see a black butterfly or moth there will be a death.

You never put your purse on the floor because if you do, you will never have money.

If there is a baby lizard in your house that means someone in the family is pregnant.

 

mayaguez
My hometown Mayaguez Puerto Rico!

In response to Daily Prompt: Superstition

 

 

 

 

Desert Island

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Combate Beach in Puerto Rico

I’ve to think and rethink before I wrote this prompt. I don’t think I can survive more than a month. Let’s hope they find me quick as possible before I begin to panic.

I’m assuming in this desert island, I can find fruit trees, vegetables, and maybe animals. For the food I don’t have to worry only if I’ve to kill an animal. I better become a vegetarian it would be easier.

Here are my five items I would like to have handy, however after I found myself in that desert possibly I would regret my decision:

1- I need an easy to assemble tent to protect me from rain, sun, and mosquitoes.

2- plenty drinking water and with the fruit I supposed I would find in the island I can mix it in my water for some flavor.

3- I need fire to cook and get warm, so I need matches.

4-I need a few books, a notebook, and a good pen to keep me entertains.

5- I need a knife for whatever reason I think I can use it.

 

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ocean crab in Combate Beach, Puerto Rico

 

Daily Prompt: Five Items: A classic question, revisited: what are the five items you must have on a deserted island?

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/five-items/

Food for the Soul ( and the stomach)

A true puertorican dish
Cod with onions, tomatoes, yucca, yautia, pickled green banana, and avocado

Malta India de Puerto Rico...mi favorita
my favorite drink

 

I love to cook and coming from Puerto Rico I missed the traditional food from home. My mom uses to make this dish when I was growing up. My mom will make this meal at least once a week. It’s difficult to find all these ingredients here in North Dakota. Still I make my rice and beans very popular in Puerto Rico and some fritters.  However, I missed the one from home with my favorite drinks.

Daily Prompt: Food for the Soul and the stomach

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/food-for-the-soul-and-the-stomach/

mi soda favorita
my favorite soda

 

 

Plead the Fifth

We moved to North Dakota in 1994 and every time I met a person they ask the same question why we decide to live in North Dakota, where the weather is too cold instead of Puerto Rico that it’s warm?

Every time I give the same answer. My husband was in the military and when he retired we decide this was a nice place to raise our children. Yes after 20 years they still can’t understand why we’re living in North Dakota.

Deciding to raise our kids in North Dakota it has been the smartest choice we have made. Also, our town has the lowest rate of crime and the lowest rate of unemployment. I have friends if they don’t like where they work or they be looking for more paid they select another job.

Second annoying question are you planning to go back home when you retired? Why? This is my home for the last 20 years and maybe when we retired in a few years, we will follow our friends who have moved to Arizona. Who knows at this moment is too soon for any decision.

Please don’t ask me again why I’m here? Yes, I have a peculiar accent; however, I don’t ask you personal questions? Or maybe I should? Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written in response to the daily prompt: plead the fifth ‘what question do you hate to be asked? Why?’