This is me.

Hello everyone,

My name is María Cristina Aponte. I’m from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.

I am also the mother of a 23-year-old artist. She made me my Medium profile picture:

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Illustration by Emily Santana (Author’s daughter)

But my real face is this:


A.K.A. Deborah Kallikak from the Kallikak Family

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An image from Henry H. Goddard’s ‘’The Kallikak Family’’, 1912. (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Emma Wolverton was a simple woman trapped in institutions throughout her life. She was born in 1889 in an almshouse in Vineland, New Jersey. Her father, an alcoholic bankrupt, had abandoned her mother, Malinda, when she got pregnant.

A charitable family rescued Malinda, offering her work at their house, where she could live with her baby. When Malinda became pregnant again, the family insisted she got married, which she did. After divorcing her husband during her fourth pregnancy, the child’s father agreed to marry her if she got rid of her three elder children. …


Spanish and English Poem

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Spanish

Es triste saber que no hablamos el mismo idioma.
Que los besos que yo añoro, tú los aborreces.
Que el cariño que te doy tú lo archivas como historia,
y el amor que por mi sientes, lo desfavoreces.

Sé que tus expresiones de amor son diferentes
y que dentro de tu corazón, me adoras.
Me consuela el pensar que me tienes en tu mente,
aunque pases dentro de ella largas horas.

Porque yo daría todo por oírte y entenderte,
por sentir como tú sientes, aunque sea sólo un minuto,
por viajar al lugar en donde tú te diviertes. …


On the relationship between psychologist and patient.

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Photo by Caleb George on Unsplash

I started to see my psychologist about two and a half years ago, at a particularly traumatic time in my life. He had treated my daughter for several years by then, and she was comfortable with him. She called him by his first name. So I did the same. Let’s say his name is Miguel.

It was not the first time I had searched for mental health professionals. I had been treated for depression many years ago by a psychiatrist; but this time, I just needed someone to talk to. I felt unsettled. Things at work were changing and we…

María Cristina Aponte

Mother, wife, accountant, choir singer, baseball fan, poet, writer. Highly sensitive introvert. cristina_aponte@yahoo.com

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