Una Tarde

By- Uma Chavali, Bobby Shi, Venkata Yadavalli

Translation

This is the my grandma Elisa’s house. I was ten or eleven years old and my friend was a couple of years older. She always wanted to visit my grandma, and one day I found out why. She wanted to because she like a boy that lived nearby. This was an opportunity that they had to see each other. Of course, my grandmother didn’t see anything wrong with this.

She used to be there, taking care and watching everything.
My grandmother is weaving. She used to be very good at doing things, like my mom. She let me braid the threads that were hanging from the bedcover. I braided and braided but when it was time to stop, I had to unbraid it all.

Summary

Cuando era niña, iba a la casa de mi abuela. Mi amigo iba a la casa de mi abuela también. Mi amiga le gusta un chico que vivía cerca. Cuando yo iba a la casa de mi abuela, me gustaba trenzar.

About the author

Carmen Lomas Garza was born in Kingsville, Texas. At 13, she made a commitment to pursue a career in art and taught herself elements of drawing. Her works of art depict childhood memories of family and friends in a wide range of activities from making tamales to dancing to Tejano music. Garza has a bachelor’s degree in science from Texas A&I University (currently Texas A&M University, Kingsville) where she studied art education and studio art. She also has a master’s degree in education from Antioch Graduate School-Juárez/Lincoln Center and a master’s degree in arts from San Francisco State University, where she concentrated on lithography and painting in oil and gouache.
In Una Tarde/One Summer Afternoon, Garza depicts the moment of revelation in which she learns why her friend had been so interested in the grandmother’s house: it was the boy next door. Her friend sits on the bed and leans into the windowsill, and the boy, on other side of the screen, faces her. The grandmother acts as chaperon, crocheting as she watches the interaction between the two teenagers from a chair opposite the bed, while young Garza braids the bedspread fringe. At the bottom center of the painting, underneath the boy, is a cat feeding her three kittens.