Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

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Day of the Dead and Rhythms of Life

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Dawn Wink: Dewdrops

Cut tissue paper - Papel picadoCut tissue paper – Papel picado Photo© Wynn Wink-Moran

apron A baking and cooking flurry to send homemade food and snacks back to college with Wyatt.

“Mom, are you going to make pan de muerto (bread of the dead)?” Wyatt asked me on the phone from his dorm room three hours away. Life has been a swirl of blessed busyness in the past weeks with my focus on that day and that place. I realized that Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, was here.

This call came on the heels of Wyatt coming home from college briefly a few weeks ago and telling me, “Mom, do you know what I really miss? Home cooked snacks and food.” This inspired a 12-hour flurry of baking and cooking, as I prepared a big box of food to send back to Colorado with him.

I wrote this piece about Dia de…

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Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores the beauty and tensions of language, culture, and place.

6 thoughts on “Day of the Dead and Rhythms of Life

  1. I enjoyed reading about your baking spree.

    • Hi, Christiane—:-) I do love to bake. So glad to share that time! I loved discovering and reading your own blog, Christiane. I had no idea that you were such a world traveler, photographer, and writer. I look forward to our upcoming adventures together through your writing and photos!

  2. Dawn, dear! Another beautiful and educational post! Thank you. As a 3rd-generation New Mexican who has spent much time in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos has been a part of my personal history. Rather than being “ghoulish” as many Anglos assume, it is a sacred time set aside to honor and perhaps even communicate with our departed loved ones. I’ve had so many personal losses in recent years, I’ve lacked the heart to set up my altar with photos (always displayed anyway) treasured mementos, food and flowers. After reading your wonderful message, I am planning to resume this lovely ritual next year. Con muchos smoochos, dear heart. Jann Arrington-Wolcott

    • Dearest Jann….Oh, did this touch me…I’ll think of you again creating the altar… Another friend wrote about this piece, “Traditions heal us.” Thinking of you with such thoughts of love and healing. Much love, Dawn

  3. Rossana, oh how I love knowing this. Huge kites in the name of the spirits of relatives who have passed away. We may need to add another tradition to our own family rhythms of this day. I had to look up “fiambre” (http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Fiambre-Guatemalan-Salad)—sounds and looks delicious! I didn’t know of these Guatemalan traditions and am so thankful that you took the time to share. Pensando en tí mientras las dos celebramos e Día de los Muertos hoy. ¡Abrazos!

  4. Santiago Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala, people make and fly huge kites in the name of the spirits of relatives who have passed away. National typical food is called “fiambre” and as dessert “dulce de ayote”.

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