Congratulations Memi and Gabe, of Austin, TX, on the happy birth of a girlchild, their first. She’s pretty cute for a newborn.
Memi is Ada’s oldest friend from Matamoros. They got into all kinds of trouble together, like pouring detergent into the backyard potable water cistern in a game called “submarine,” or climbing onto the roof of the home of a widow in the neighborhood and scheming to block her chimney so she’d “suffocate.” Just little acts of pretend and actual domestic terrorism. Memi grew up across the border in Texas, but her grandmother lived next door to Ada and company so she was always crossing into old Mexico looking for trouble. Ada swears they made a pact to give their names to each other’s children, and was holding a stash of Bebe’s recipes hostage until Memi came through.
Bebe (pronounced bey-bay) is Memi’s one eyed, sassy abuela. Every time I’ve met Bebe she’s sported this perpetual fantastic grin, like she just told a really dirty joke followed by a shot of tequila and is daring you to look shocked. She actually has two eyes, but one of them is glass, which is a powerful tool for commanding absolute attention. If I could pop one of my eyes out temporarily and go glass, I’d do it. It would be really useful in certain situations, like bank transactions or instructing children.
Anyway, this lovely little creature is named Magnolia, which is a beautiful name but takes way longer to spell than Ada. I think Ada should just give up the recipes as a good faith offer and hope for better luck with Magnolia’s future siblings.