Se los prometo that he made the selection entirely on his own! En serio. For reals. No, but like for reals. Yesterday when I got home the first thing Edgar told me when I got off the truck was “guess who I picked for my social studies project?” I was a little confused and wasn’t entirely sure what he was talking about. “Selena. Selena Perez! I picked Selena Perez,” he shouted excitedly smiling and looking directly at me to evaluate my reaction.
“You mean Selena Quintanilla Perez,” I responded slyly.
“I know… I forgot the Quintanilla part when I put her name down on the sheet,” he responded.
I’m not even gonna try to front. My immediate reaction – ya saben in my panzota - was excitement! Immediately I thought about how relieved I was that he had not said Selena Gomez instead. Y’all know what I’m talking about. There are actually kiddos walking around right now thinking that Selena Gomez is the biggest Selena there ever was. That’s just wrong!
“Selena was named after Selena Quintanilla Perez, mijito!” That’s always my reaction to such an offense. The kids just kind of stare at me blankly like “what?…”
My brain started working, and churning, y dando vueltas y vueltas. “I interviewed her widower last year,” I bragged to Edgar. He didn’t really understand the significance of that. Later on Anjelica told me too who Edgar had selected for his school project.
“You have that Selena doll,” she says to me. It’s true I do. It’s a collector’s item. Don’t laugh at me! “He can take it to school…”
“NOOOOOOO!!!!! Not my Selena doll,” I yell. Then I kind of embarrassingly retract and explain more calmly and “logically” why there ain’t no chance in hell my Selena doll is walking out of the house and into a school full of curious and careless huercos! Who knows what those kids would do to my 17 year old Selena doll that’s still neatly stored away in her original box. I also have tons of magazines from when she first passed away that I collected.
ADM! I am ridiculous!
Oh well, at least Edgar knows Bidi Bidi Bom Bom has absolutely nothing to do with Selena Gomez!
Now to make his social studies project Reina del Tex-Mex worthy!