Maritza Ruiz-Kim

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Para Mi Mama

This is a photo of my mom with from before I was born.

Isn’t she a beautiful?

Mama, thank you for your selfless caring for me & Enn & GK too, for that matter. I know it’s hard for you to run after a two year old, but here you are, helping us out when I am confined to the couch and can’t really do much of anything. Thank you for being an example of love, humility, openness, and kindheartedness towards the people you encounter in life. Among the things I admire about you is the way that you have remained a learner in life- learning from your experiences, learning from people around you, always overcoming the hardships you have faced. You immigrated from Mexico to the US as a young girl, learned the language, and even wrote poetry in your new launguage! “Day by day the splendors vanish, from the world that I once knew….”

How did you know what splendors were?

And did you really know a whole world at the young age of 14, sitting there on the curb of your highschool as you composed that poem?

Could you have guessed that you’d grow up to have 2 kids of your own in your new country, that you’d different hardships and that you’d thrive?

You have a son who is devoted to you and runs his own business and then there’s me, a mom too, with a child of my own and one on the way. You have come so far in life, and thank you for sharing your life with me, and moving to the Bay Area to live with my family and be near your grandchildren, helping to raise them. I am looking forward to seeing you explore your creative talents again, now that you have the time & are “somewhat retired” (tho chasing a 2yo is not rest you’d planned, huh?) I am so glad to see you making new friends and enjoying life, and seeing how our relationship is growing as we learn how to live together now that I’m an adult. It’s been an adjustment for both of us, but we are surely growing closer despite the way it could have shut us down- it’s refining us and it’s all part of the plan I guess!

Mama, I love you. Thank you for everything and all that you are!

Love, me

(this is the only card I can write, since I am confined to the couch/bed…)

5 Replies to “Para Mi Mama”

  • Ok. This hit really deep with me having lost my mother 20 years ago. I often think about what our relationship would be like now if she were still alive. How we would be more like friends than mother and daughter. How I could now relate to her on a mother level. I was just 20 when she died and never had a chance to know her like that.

    Give your mommy a big hug and kiss and appreciate every moment you have with her. I know you do.

  • Ok. This hit really deep with me having lost my mother 20 years ago. I often think about what our relationship would be like now if she were still alive. How we would be more like friends than mother and daughter. How I could now relate to her on a mother level. I was just 20 when she died and never had a chance to know her like that.

    Give your mommy a big hug and kiss and appreciate every moment you have with her. I know you do.

  • Ok. This hit really deep with me having lost my mother 20 years ago. I often think about what our relationship would be like now if she were still alive. How we would be more like friends than mother and daughter. How I could now relate to her on a mother level. I was just 20 when she died and never had a chance to know her like that.

    Give your mommy a big hug and kiss and appreciate every moment you have with her. I know you do.

  • Ok. This hit really deep with me having lost my mother 20 years ago. I often think about what our relationship would be like now if she were still alive. How we would be more like friends than mother and daughter. How I could now relate to her on a mother level. I was just 20 when she died and never had a chance to know her like that.

    Give your mommy a big hug and kiss and appreciate every moment you have with her. I know you do.

  • Hi – this is Pam from Victorville. You have captured Estella beautifully as only a daughter can, however, as her “sister” I see those same qualities extended to me. My mom lives in North Carolina and so it was realy nice to haave Estella nearby. Now she is with you and that is fitting because that is what she has wanted for years now. However, she is loved and missed down here.
    XOXOXOXOXOX Pam

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