El Arbol de la Vida by Liliana Wilson-Grez
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I was born in Alice,
the "Hub City" of South Texas on April 7th, 1974. Alice is basically
a dried-up oil boom town. Things were going well there in the 1970s. When
I was very young, my mother, Jennifer, worked as a secretary for an oil
field company. The two of us lived in an apartment with our dog, Missy.
mother is a very gentle, optimistic, and generous person.
Some of my fondest
childhood memories are of being with my mother and our dog in the evenings
and watching Mork & Mindy, the Love Boat, Three's Company, or Fantasy
Island on TV. My mother and I share a love of reading and so she used
to read to me quite a bit, as well. I also spent loads of time with my
grandmother, who made her living as a babysitter. My grandmother is one
of the strongest women, both physically and spiritually, that I have ever
known. She's very generous and loving and is a complete expert in her
ability to comfort people in crisis. She's also notoriously willful and
loves to tell
dirty jokes. I also spent a lot of time with my mother's younger sisters,
Theresa and Patti. My father, a Wisconsonian, and my mother divorced when
I was very young. My mother remarried when I was 7 years old and my brother
Will came along a couple of years later. And God, was I glad to see him!
My brother is one of the most wickedly funny, kindest, most artistic people
I have ever known and I'm so glad that he's my brother!
Here are some photos
of my family:
My brother, the artist.
His napkin and ballpoint pen ink drawing of his uncle Larry.
From left, my cousin
Paul (sporting the samurai headband I got him for Xmas), me, Will, and my
From left, the back of
my grandfather's head, my grandmother, my uncle Danny, step-father Ron,
dog Poppy, my mom, my aunt Debbie (wife of Danny), and my super-cool, electric
guitar-playin', SuperBowl-lovin', beer brewin' uncle Michael.