My Cherished World Chapter 6 Summary
Following Juli’s death, Celina comes down into sorrow, going to work then barricading herself in her dark bedroom and leaving the children to fend for themselves. Sotomayor misses her father, though she had actually “taken it for approved” that his death would make their lives better (55 ). Celina’s sister and pals also worry about her and ask Blessed Sacrament’s priest to visit her. He declines because she does not attend church, which infuriates Sotomayor.
She feels a priest needs to be more flexible and honor Celina for sending her kids to church with “money for the offering basket” and to Catholic School (55 ). Another of Celina’s buddies has her Baptist pastor check out, which Sotomayor aspects, provided Celina is neither Baptist nor a member of his parish. Celina’s grief extends through Sotomayor’s summer trip, and she wishes for school to start. Checking out becomes her “solace and just distraction that summer season” (56 ). Her regional branch of the New york city Public Library becomes her “sanctuary” (56 ).
She chooses random books and reads the Emphasizes and Reader’s Digest magazines her mother subscribes to. From Dr. Fisher, she borrows a book on Greek gods and heroes that sustains her “that summertime and beyond” (57 ). The gods of antiquity remind her of Abuelita’s spirits. She finds the “exceptional if flawed” heroes compelling and the immortals “more realistic, more available, than the particular, all-forgiving, unvarying God” of the Catholic Church (57 ). She finds out that her name, Sonia, “is a version of Sophia, indicating wisdom” and “glow [s] with that discovery” (57 ).
Celina’s unhappiness confuses Sotomayor due to the fact that her moms and dads never ever appeared happy together. She understands Abuelita’s sorrow. The music, celebrations, and calling of spirits all stop. Abuelita is angry at the spirits for not cautioning her of her kid’s death. One day, she forgets to play the lotto and later on discovers the winning numbers matched Juli’s gravestone, leaving her feeling that “the spirits [are] buffooning her” (58 ). Sotomayor, a self-described “extremely logical kid,” discovered her family’s behavior mysterious (59 ).
Why should the parties stop when her dad never ever attended them? She theorizes that the “adult torment” is motivated by guilt (59 ). Women, in specific, are blamed when “a man did something wrong,” however Sotomayor thinks” [t] here was no saving Papi from himself” (59 ). One day, she marches to Celina’s closed door and bangs on it until her mother opens it. She demands that her mother stop, saying, “Enough! You’ve got to stop this” (59 ). Sotomayor then returns to her room, knocks the door, tosses herself on her bed, and weeps.