My Beloved World Chapter 2 Summary
Sotomayor thinks children need at least someone in their lives who reveal them “genuine love, regard, and confidence” (24 ). For her, that is Abuelita, who Sotomayor aims to emulate and to whom she feels “a deep psychological resonance” (24 ). Abuelita’s house in a five-story tenement supplies “a safe house” from her moms and dads’ fights (24 ). Her closest cousin in age and her “inseparable co-conspirator,” Nelson, likewise shares “an unique connection” with their grandma (24 ). On Saturday early mornings, Sotomayor goes grocery shopping with Abuelita. Initially, they pick a chicken to be butchered and pick up fresh eggs.
On their method house, they pick up produce, Abuelita haggling with suppliers. She purchases an orange (a pricey reward) to share as they walk. Their last stop is for warm, fresh bread at the area bodega–“a tiny supermarket” that “is the heart of every Hispanic area and a lifeline in locations with no supermarket in walking range” (26 ). It is crowded with guys checking out Spanish papers and “arguing about the news” (27 ). They use horseracing outcomes to play “a prohibited lottery” (27 ). Abuelita sometimes sends out Sotomayor to the bodega with a napkin bearing a string of numbers.
Her grandma is typically lucky in the lotto, as Sotomayor has actually also been. Abuelita can likewise see problem coming (27 ). She cooks conventional meals for Saturday celebrations at her apartment or condo that run late into the night. Cousins gather in the bed room and the women have “coffee and gossip” as they prepare together (28 ). Sotomayor’s step-grandfather, Gallego, chooses the music. Despite Celina’s best shots, Sotomayor is always rumpled by the time they come to Abuelita’s. Celina excuses her, and Abuelita says there is absolutely nothing wrong with her but an excess of energy.
Sotomayor gets Nelson and his siblings, Eddie and Miriam, in games, one of which ends with her cousin Eddie breaking his leg and Sotomayor getting a walloping. Games of dominoes amongst grownups take precedence even over Abuelita’s cooking, and Gallego strums his guiro, “playing along with the record” (29 ). Ultimately, someone switches off the record, and it is “time for poetry” (30 ). Everyone crowds around to listen to Abuelita recite poetry in Spanish, moving adults to tears with classic poems that “obscure the hardship, illness, and natural catastrophe that they had actually left” (31 ).
Sotomayor shows how that nostalgia lingers on, even in generations born and raised in the United States. After the poetry, some stay on to hear Abuelita and Gallego “call the spirits to ask them concerns” (32 ). They put the kids in the bed room to sleep, but they would observe through the door crack. Sotomayor understands that her grandma utilizes her capability “for healing and for safeguarding the people she loved” however that the capability could also be utilized for ill (32 ). Juli seldom signs up with the parties other than on unusual holidays.
It is “simpler that method,” as his existence triggers stress and anxiety. Sotomayor watches for cues that he has actually consumed too muchand he is not able to walk. At home, Sotomayor knows there will be screaming. She chooses to remain over night at Abuelita’s, which she does most Saturday nights. Everybody else goes house, and Sotomayor has Abuelita all to herself on Sunday early mornings. Her grandma makes pancakes, and her parting words are, “May God bless you, favor you, and deliver you from all evil and threat” (34 ).