The Road to Quetzalcóatl

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“Diego, the best place in the world to find yourself in is in a library,” César always tells me.

César has been bringing me to the Aztlán Library for two years, ever since I turned seven and our family moved to this neighborhood. César and I have spent a lot of our free time in this library. And actually, we spend so much time here, César calls Aztlán our home.

Aztlán Library is modeled after the Temple of Quetzalcóatl in the ancient city of
Teotihuacán—“The Place Where Men Become Gods.” Big egret birds point the
way to Aztlán, so it is easy to find the road that leads to the intersection of Luis
Valdez View and Gloria Anzaldúa Way—César calls it the “bellybutton”—where
Aztlán sits like a mystical mountain.




3 comments so far ↓

  • 1 Sara Hernandez // Nov 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Angel!

    I enjoyed reading your short story during my lunch break today!

    The teardrop trailer automatically got my attention. I plan on buying myself one soon as a retirement gift to myself this coming June. I’m hanging it up after 24 years here. Then when you talked about the travel……….those are some of the places I plan on seeing! Monument Valley and some of the surrounding states. My dream has always been to sleep under the stars and the teardrop trailer is the perfect thing to do that in!!

    I was a little sad to see that Diego has passed on.

    ……… a good short read. 🙂

  • 2 maria navarro // Nov 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hello Angel: I really enjoyed reading your story. Your descriptions were very vivid and clear. I could hear your voice throughout the story. It reminded me of your class lessons at UCSD. Congratulations and I hope you continue to share your stories with us.

  • 3 Filemón Jara // Nov 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Great story! I loved who you incorporated all the values UER stands for: Familia, pride and education. Congratulations on a job well done! P.S. Diego is looking down with a smile.

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