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Altar De Los Cielos
Sandra Pena de Ortiz
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Aracelia, the name of my mother. A name that means altar (ara) of heaven (celia) or in Spanish: "altar de los cielos". People, family, and friends used to call her Celia, which means "cielo" in Spanish, heaven in English. While she lived, no one knew the secret and treasurable meaning of her name. Perhaps, only my grandmother ... The name also means "heavenly homemaker", and surely that is who she was for my sister and I when we were growing up under her care, as well as for my father. Aracelia, truly a beautiful name full of meaning, transcending time and space.
The photograph rendition with minor digital manipulation of her portrait was taken at her wedding day in 1963. She was my mother, Aracelia ... Many of us have made the question, "what is in a name?" Well, in times past the name of each person was chosen in order to transmit characteristics or attributes that accompanied the name, each name possessing a special meaning. Even today mothers to be, when choosing a name for the expected child, attempt to select a name with a special meaning to them. An inexplainable impulse and desire leads them to look within their souls and the soul of the growing life within, and then there is a click. You know by what name he or she will be called. I experienced this with my sons, and probably mothers throughout the centuries. You probably also did in one way or another as well. Aracelia, was my mother's name ...
Characteristics hidden in her name transmitted into her, some clearly expressed in her living, include a harmonizing emotive nature, able and willing to accommodate to any situation, this being what quintessentially describes the essence of her being, which she also transmitted to me. Actually, she introduced me into this inexplicable realm, full of love. Aracelia was my mother's name. Also, loving to experience, to know, to have evidence, and to feel rewarded. Very insistent in independent actions and the originality of her concepts; her creativeness. Concerning her natural talents, a mind efficient in thought, original, a thorough producer, both when thoughtfully considering things surrounding her world, as well as when thoughtfully considering the different ways to proceed. Enlarged when undertaking unprecedented enterprises, sometimes to produce the new or to add new concepts to old ideas. In both cases looking at the present and the future. She could have been an inventor, scientist, aviator, engineer, leader, teacher, administrator, or business woman; the later two she did become. These characteristics, hidden in her name were transmitted to my mother. How do I know? Why am I so certain? Because they were all transmitted to me and also describe me, her firstborn daughter. Aracelia was my mother's name ...
January 23rd, 2013
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