My Dream is Your Dream, and Your Dream is Mine

A beloved aunt who provided great care for me as a child once taught me the expression, ‘mi casa es su casa.’ She told me that this phrase is used in Mexico to express hospitality and a sense of welcoming for family, friends, and the community. Since she soon thereafter took me to Canada where, among other things, she introduced me to my only Mexican cousin of whom I am aware — a man who married my Peruvian first cousin once removed —I was especially appreciative of the sentiment that this expression held for my diverse family that spanned the continent and beyond.

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