After I helped Señora del Campo scatter crumbs for the birds—who were not afraid, but hopped close by and cheeped as they ate—it was time for me to go home. I ran all the way, excited to tell my family the news.
“Gabriella, Lucero!” I cried as I slammed into the bakery. It was still before noon on Saturday, and the room was full of people waiting to buy our goods. A few customers sat at tiny tables, drinking coffee or chocolate and nibbling on pastries.
“Consuelo!” cried Gabriella. “Where have you been? Come and help me here…” She plunked cookies into a bag and grabbed a loaf of jalapeño cheese bread from the rack, handing both to a waiting customer. Lucero’s quick fingers worked the cash register and made change.
So there was no time to talk about news then. We worked hard all afternoon, and then swept up after we closed. By the time we plodded up the stairs, the smell of Mama’s tamales was filling the air of our apartment, rich and spicy. She and Papa were up again after sleeping most of the day.
“Thank goodness we don’t have to work tomorrow,” sighed Gabriella, sinking into a chair.
“It would be nice not to have to cook, either, wouldn’t it?” I asked.
“Si, that would be a treat,” agreed Gabriella, looking at Mama as she chopped peppers and papaya to make a salsa.
“Well, then, I have a surprise—we have all been invited out to dinner tomorrow evening!” I grinned as they all turned and stared at me. “By a very nice lady with a very big house!”
Of course, there was a lot of noise as people asked questions, but soon they fell quiet while I told them of my visit to Señora del Campo’s villa.”
“Then she asked if you would like to come have dinner. She said it would give her great joy to use that big kitchen again and seat people at her dining table. We can go, can’t we?” I asked.
Mama made noises about “imposing” on a stranger, but Gabriella wanted to see the house, and Papa was interested in the kitchen. So, in the end, it was agreed. Mama would go and visit her, and if everything was alright, she would accept the invitation for us all.
I’m so excited, Diary!