The following painting can be found just before you enter “El Centro” of Manzanillo. To pass through this street without glancing over to this painting is like coming home and not saying hello to my mother. It means that much to me.
This is a zoom in of the quote found on this painting:
“They cut the leaves,
Destroyed the branches,
Knocked down the trunk,
But they will never be able to tear out my roots.”
This painting means different things to different people. To me, the “they” has been governments, family, strangers, and sometimes even myself. Regardless of who the culprit may be or will be, where I’ve come from and how that’s shaped who I am today is always important to remember.