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The Last Time

During my trip to Texas for my Grandma’s funeral, there was no time to do much of anything that was not related to the funeral, sorting through my grandmother’s with my mom as she decided what to keep and what to give away. My grandmother had a number of home care providers which were absolutely wonderful. There were at least three at the rosary and funeral and visiting at the house. These were workers she hadn’t had in some time but they had become members of the family through their caring ways for my grandmother. Many of my grandmother’s things, especially the larger pieces of furniture, went to these home care providers. Although I would have loved to have some of that furniture, there’s no way I could have afforded to bring the pieces from Texas to northern California. I was glad to see them go to people that had cared for my grandmother and for her family.

Although I knew I was not there for a vacation, I did have this feeling that I would never return there again. I have always enjoyed being in Corpus Christi. It’s on the Texas Gulf Coast and the views of the Gulf of Mexico are beautiful. I have fond memories of playing on the seashore as a child and then of taking my own kids to play there. I wanted one more look at the coast. I mentioned to my mother that I wanted to at least drive by before heading for the airport. On the Monday that I was there, we had about a 2 1/2 hours block of down time before the private viewing for the family at the funeral home. Everyone headed back to their motels for a nap. My mom and I were with my aunt and uncle and my mom told my uncle that I wanted to go by the waterfront. He took us.

We only spent about an hour, tops, driving there (about an eight minute drive from my grandma’s house), being there and driving back. I’m glad I went. It’s the same but it’s different from the last time I was there. My mom suggested we go to the memorial built for hometown super star, Selena. I hadn’t been there since just before Selena was murdered so the memorial to her was new to me. It is on the beach. For those of you that have seen the movie, Selena, you may remember the beach side stairs in the scene where her mom was teaching her to dance. That’s where the life size sculpture and monument have been set up. Those are the steps I played on as a child.

Selena bust

New to me were also the lookouts built along this same area of the waterfront. They are called miradores del mar (ocean lookouts is a close translation). I took the picture below from inside the Selena monument. Through it you can see another one of the miradores del mar, as well as the U.S.S. Lexington which is on permanent display at the port of Corpus Christi. The Lexington, known as the Blue Ghost, is a WWII navy aircraft carrier that was in service from 1943 to 1991. It was partially damaged during the attack on Pearl Harbor but was repaired and returned to service.

Miradores del mar

We headed a short 1/2 of a mile drive to the Corpus Christi Bridge which brings traffic back and forth from Corpus Christi to Portland, Texas. Approximately 7,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily. My uncle has fished under this bridge and there were indeed people fishing on the afternoon we visited. There was also a huge barge being maneuvered through the waters by a tug boat.

Corpus Christi Bridge

It was a very nice distraction from the business at hand. I think we all felt a little melancholy, knowing that this was perhaps the last time any of us would visit this area.

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