Mama's was there with bags and big boxes. She got the socks and a new slip pink and white dress. What about the shoes? I forgot. Too late now. I'm tired. Whew!
Six-thirty already and my little cousin's baptism is over. All day waiting, don't open up for nobody, and I don't till mama gets back and buys everything except the shoes.
Uncle Nacho is coming in his car, they have to get to Precious Blood Church quick because that's where the baptism party is. They dance and eat tamales. Also, everyone's kids running all over the place.
Everybody laughing except me, because I'm wearing the new dress, pink and white, new socks and the old saddle shoes wear to school. my feet scuffed and round, and the heels all crooked that look dumb with this dress, so I just sit.
Then uncle Nacho is pulling and pulling my arm and it doesn't matter how new the dress Mama bought is because my feet are ugly until my uncle who is a liar says, you are so pretty, Will you dance. We are dancing, my uncle Nacho and me.
My uncle and me bow and he walks me back in my thick shoes to my mother who is proud to be my mother. All night the boy who is a man watches me dance. He watched me dance.