Happy 60th Birthday Pops


Happy birthday pops.

Today you would have been 60! Jen, Teo and I are ending a really great visit to California today. We are looking forward to eating some of your favorite fried chicken in your honor before we go!

I also wanted to honor our mother (Maria Elena Mayorga) for navigating the challenges this past year and for all of our lives.

Here I will just repost what I wrote a few weeks ago on the anniversary of your passing to the other side, and the poem by Gioconda Belli that I read at your service.

Big abrazos!

– Familia Mayorga


From It’s Been One Year

We think about you everyday, but more so as we come up on a year since you’ve moved on.

It’s been a year of tremendous change for all of us,

and I so wish we could reach out to you and abuelita at our weekly facetime chats.


But we know you are with us

In those passing moments,

When Teo and I are talking

When my work gets challenging

Métale mano (get your hands in it)

You are with us

A force under our wings

And for this we thank you


Uno no Escoge (por Gioconda Belli)

Uno no escoge el país donde nace;
pero ama el país donde ha nacido.

Uno no escoge el tiempo para venir al mundo;
pero debe dejar huella de su tiempo.

Nadie puede evadir su responsabilidad.

Nadie puede taparse los ojos, los oidos,
enmudecer y cortarse las manos.

Todos tenemos un deber de amor que cumplir,.
una historia que nacer
una meta que alcanzar.

No escogimos el momento para venir al mundo:
Ahora podemos hacer el mundo
en que nacerá y crecerá
la semilla que trajimos con nosotros.




About emayorga

Edwin Mayorga is a parent, educator, scholar and activist. He is an instructor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College (PA). He is completing his doctoral studies in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY-GC). He is director of the Education in our Barrios @BarrioEdProj, a digital, community-based, study that examines Latino core community in NYC & PHL, education reform, and urban development.

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