Valerie Corral – 2
Valerie: I’m told I stopped napping at 18 months, but that I wasn’t really annoying; I just didn’t sleep much. Our garden was my playground. That was true for my husband Mike too. The Latin heritage we both shared kept us closely tied to the Earth. We ate fruit from our trees. I was shown things about the garden–like the way that plants grow, and how animals live. We had a huge old bull frog and a desert turtle.
I grew up in an Italian home–wildly Italian–all passion & nervous energy. Feelings, feelings, feelings. We never had to guess. There was so much wonderful food, and a lot of encouragement to eat and talk. Dad was a blue-collar worker, mostly, but he dabbled in a few small businesses, and momma was a secretary. She