​​​​​​Dina Greenberg

Los Milagros

​Lalitamba 2006

​Rosaria is afraid that she will die before her granddaughter is born.  Luz and Umberto have told her that their next child will be a girl because the American doctor has shown them the little square of plastic film—a ghostly form swimming against the darkness like starlight—a picture, the doctor says, of the daughter still forming inside of Luz’s belly. This, Rosaria knows, is unreliable, so here among the candles flickering inside blue glass and wisps of musky incense, Rosaria prays to La Virgen de Guadalupe.  Above the plastic altar that she carried here from Mexico, Rosaria has pinned the tiny medal of La Niña, along with a short prayer that she has written on a scrap of paper. ​