Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Mother courage.(Final)

Byline: Polly Summar Journal Staff Writer


Women's acts of quiet caring resonate with their daughters

It's easy for Maria Leyba to remember lots of things about her mother, Maria Luisa Leyba, who died 10 years ago. The daughter still lives in the home in Barelas her parents bought in 1949.

"This kitchen everything happened here," says Leyba, standing in the small room filled with photos and the strains of Edith Piaf coming from a small portable stereo on the counter. "I still have the dented bolillo she used to roll tortillas, and her comal for frying them."

The kitchen carries another memory, too. It was here that Leyba's mother and father began a practice that still fills her with love and respect.

She described the moment in a letter to the Journal, when we asked readers to tell us about a stand their parents had taken in life that left a strong impression on them.

That stand, for Leyba, began one morning in 1968 when a naval officer arrived to tell the Leybas that their oldest son, Ramon, had been killed in Vietnam. …

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