Ana Laura Martinez-Tapia
Dr. Anita Anantharam
February 16, 2007
Girl Talk: “Café
” For the Soul
There are many empowering women in my life, but when I thought about
my interviewee for this assignment, I must have pondered a day on an eligible
person to interview. This was not just because my family has about three hundred,
eighty five members, spread across four different continents, but also in part by
the fact that the women in my family that I wanted to interview where either too
young, or dead (Due to the fact that there is a huge age gap between my mom’s
family and my dad’s family; i.e. my dad is the same age as my maternal
grandmother). This eliminates every single one of the “eligible” women in my
family, except one: Nora Maria Martinez-Barrios. Through this assignment I have
truly come to value being a woman and come to appreciate the liberties I once
took for granted and all thanks through the enlightenment of the memories and
experiences of this incredible woman, my
Nora Maria Martinez is my aunt-in-law, the loving wife of my uncle, Julio
Martinez, brother of my father. Nora and my Uncle Julio have been happily
married for about 47 years, enjoying the serene, retired life. Nora has always been
family oriented, coming from a stable, family background of a married,
heterosexual couple, with three female siblings.
Since Nora’s father was a
military general, her family lived in a military based neighborhood; Nora called it
” (since it was such a safe environment, as well as an entrapment).
Cuban Coffee-known for its dark, unsweetened taste, which is what, makes it such a popular choice for caffeine.
Spanish for Aunt- refers to any type of aunt (blood related or by law); both types of aunts are equivalent in value
Martinez, Nora. Personal Interview. 10 February 2007.