On Growing to Love Selena I’ve always had trouble waking up.

On Growing to Love Selena I’ve always had trouble waking up.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, 1994 : OldSchoolCool

I’ve always had trouble waking up.

My parents would take turns yelling my name, trying to get me up for school.

(Since I was named after the Katherine Ross character from “The Graduate,” they often found this amusing. “Elaaaaaaine!”)

One morning, after a few rounds of shouting my name and even turning on my bedroom light,

my father came into my room and turned up the volume to my radio.

It was Selena “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and I could hear it playing throughout the house.

“You have to come to the kitchen,” my dad said, his voice booming.

“Your mother’s doing the Cumbia.” It was an image I couldn’t resist and something I needed to see.

I dragged myself out of bed and lumbered to the kitchen where I saw my mother giggling and dancing to the Tejano tune.

She called me over and taught me the basic steps. Before the song ended, we were dancing to one of Selena’s most famous Cumbias.

Whenever I hear this song and break out my dance moves at a bar or any friend’s wedding (pre-pandemic, obviously),

I think of this particular morning. ดูหนังออนไลน์ 

Since then, both of my parents have passed away and it’s a memory I cherish because,

like Selena, their meaning in my life after their death continues to grow.

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