Since I was little my mom would always make me wear a rebozo during the winter to keep me warm. I didn't really care about wearing it since it is just an ordinary scarf.
As I grew up I stopped wearing my rebozo and started wearing regular scarfs that I would buy from a store. My grandma would have a sad look on her face whenever she told us to wear our scarf. At that time I didn't quite understand anything about our culture or why a simple thing like not wearing our rebozos can bring such sadness in my grandmother's eyes.
A rebozo is just a simple scarf that is ideally used to keep us warm right?
As the years went by and my curiosity expanded I soon realized that this simple scarf that I used to think had no meaning to it has a huge impact to my culture.
A rebozo connects women to motherhood and I guess this was the main reason why she would want us to wear it. So that when we're older we are ready for those challenges that we will be facing and to show pride in our culture. I've learned that this simple scarf (rebozo) means a lot to my family because it would remind them of how life was back at home in Mexico where they came from.
So I carry this old tradition by wearing my rebozo with pride and started to get my sister involved as well. One day I hope she will realize how important this scarf really is. Hopefully she too will see what I see and she will also carry that tradition in her life as she becomes a woman.
|A teen chooses tradition.|