Moonlight kissed the features of the small girl as she lay holding her doll tightly against her.
Emma Cortez was squeezed into a corner of the bed she shared with her two older brothers. Ramón was nine years old and Carlos was eleven. Emma was eight and she still loved the doll Papá had given to her on her fourth birthday. That was the same year that he had died.
He had taken care of them well when he was alive though. They owned their own home which consisted of a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen (the Christmas tree was in the living room).
Emma and her brothers slept in the bedroom and her mamá slept on the sofa. The reason her mamá slept on the sofa was because she woke up very early in the morning to cook breakfast and warm the water for their baths. To keep them warm at night, mama turned the burners of the stove on all night and also covered them with many blankets. Continue reading