Before Nancy De La Cruz(the Latina Nancy Drew) could hop in her hybrid and head to the farmers’ market, she found her elderly Italian neighbor, recently subject to religious persecution(The case of the missing memento), was unconscious and lying behind a wall. Nancy questioned the poor woman but the victim had no memory of her removal from her home. After questioning potential suspects, Nancy’s worst assumptions were confirmed. The longtime accuser had been joined by another religious zealot so the old woman went into hiding. It was time for Nancy to get chola on these fools!
Unfortunately, neither Nancy De La Cruz nor Nancy Drew is about to throw down in the streets. She uses logic and seeks understanding. So while the ongoing drama over witchcraft allegations may resurface now and then, it will be handled rationally and civilly.
It has taken me years to cultivate a sense of calmness. It’s one thing to have a game face. It’s another to calm the hurricane within your mind. But with time and quality moral support from family and professionals, I have mastered the art of keeping it together. In the face of varying levels of tomfoolery, both personally and professionally, I keep my cool and take time to think about next steps. It takes effort, sometimes a monumental effort to not lower the standards I have set for myself. I work.
La befana is back in place at the mantel. She is harmless, as are the close-minded people who shudder when they see her. I have no control over others’ thoughts and actions. I’m not about to do wrong by losing self-control.