Just Dropping In:

Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door yesterday evening to find, Fifi standing there.  Like a boomerang, Fifi (at least we call her that) is back up north from Florida and decided to drop by.  I was completely unprepared since a) I thought she hated me and b) I haven’t spoken to her in a little over five years.  Not since I broke up with my then fiance (her uncle on her mother’s side) and met Carlos (her uncle on her biological father’s side).  I know. Puerto Rican family trees are a bit convoluted.  The more amorous nature of latin male to latin female,together with reckless sexual abandon, make our ever-nclusive nationality a hodgepodge of history.  I joke about this all the time: spin a globe and you can trace our descendants…At least we can safely say that Puerto-Ricans don’t discriminate.

If You’ve Seen the Movie, “Coffee & Cigarettes”, You’ll Know What I Mean:

Anyone who’s seen the movie knows that it is comprised of short vignettes featuring various celebrities enjoying exactly what the title suggests.  Trust me, I’m getting to a point.  The segment, “Cousins” follows a storyline where the actors playing themselves, Alfred Molina invites Steve Coogan out for tea (no, I’m not that good at remembering names I had to look it up here).  During the course of conversation, Alfred reveals the true reason why he invited Steve out: he has discovered a link in their family tree that makes them distant cousins.  What is being said here is irrelevant.  It is the overall sentiment of the piece when Alfred states matter-of-factly that he intended to present all of his research to Steve in the hopes that Steve “would love” him.  It is a simple message and the basis of all human interaction.  We all want to be loved.

Finally!  A Point!

Apparently, our miscommunication was mutual.  I stayed away because I thought that Fifi was angry that I was dating yet another member of her brethren.  I thought that there was bad blood left behind by her sister as well, when we had broken our friendship.  She stayed away because she thought that I didn’t want to know about her post my breakup.  She also felt weird about the developing relationship with Carlos.  Whew!  It was messy, y’all.  But I think in the interest of being loved, we both had to go through what we did.


I am still skeptical as to why she would appear now.  Why now?  I mean, I am not completely doing somersaults with joy (if you know what I’m saying).  Since you are just officially reading about my life and are living vicariously through my description of it, then I guess all you can do is sit tight and wait for the ball to drop.  Right?  Right.


About Lisa Perez

Lisa M. Perez is a published poet, editor, copywriter, public speaker and artist. The co-creator of the first ever ArtSpace in Jersey City, member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), and administrator for an online Mail Art group, Lisa supports the arts and advocates for creativity. Her successful, Art Journal and "Notes from my Brain" series are ongoing projects that evolve with the artist. In addition to being an active blogger since 2005, Lisa scripts and edits copy for various online articles and videos. In September 2017, she was a guest-speaker and virtually chaired a YOGA Recovery meeting. In her spare time, Lisa studies, reads, and creates while maintaining a day job in a STEM field and being a full-time fur-mommy to her shih-tzu, Cher.
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