REYNA VILLALOBOS QUINTANA URIBE
This story begins in the heart and mind of a young
girl - a heart filled with love and a mind filled with fear and
shame and hope. Fear and shame for betraying her family, but also
hope, hope for a better life for her baby.
The year that Reyna turned 15 was a turning point
in her young life. It was a time when the carefree days of childhood
dreams and play suddenly gave way to the fears and responsibilities
of motherhood. Reyna was carrying a baby. She was soon to be a mother,
an unmarried mother, and with each day her terror grew grew
to the point that she was blinded by fear. For as long as she could
remember, Reyna kept a written record, a diary, of her daily life.
Each evening she carefully recorded her experiences and innermost
feelings with all the passion and love of a young girl. One page
in particular was read and reread every day. It was her favorite,
for it was the day she first wrote about meeting Hans; the strong,
handsome, wonderful son of a German family that had moved to Mexico
for business with the government and her father.
Reyna and Hans became hopelessly in love from the
first moment their eyes met. They were both strong of the Catholic
faith and they knew they were wrong but their passion and desire
to become one with each other was just too strong. Now, Reyna would
pay the price. The baby would be coming soon. Hans, unaware of his
love's plight, had moved to America with his parents. He had little
choice when the time came but promised that he would return.
Reyna was alone. She had no one to turn to. Her disgrace
weighed heavily on her young, tender heart, for she loved her family
and respected her father and knew that she had to leave Mexico or
bring a terrible disgrace upon the honor of everyone. She thought
of telling her parents but she knew the pain it would cause. She
thought of giving the baby up for adoption, but that would be impossible
to do in secret. Still, she would try to do what was best for all,
especially her baby, and she would keep her condition secret from