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Today begets the closing of the “Museum of Mayra,” this little known shrine of one mother’s love for her only child. My mother kept every inch of wall & surface space covered in photos, mostly of me - throughout all the ages & stages of my life, especially the awkward ones. I used to beg her to take some down & when she wouldn’t, I suggested she charge admission to anyone coming into see it. She never charged a dime but she was a proud & loyal docent of my whole life, the life she created. I confess I was not always comfortable with this museum. It felt like more than just a mother’s pride. At times, it was the visual reinforcement that I was her life, her reason for being and this truth was heavy & uncomfortable to hold. I wanted two thriving lives not just one & a siphoning, vicarious existence. Still, I am not going to lie, taking this museum down has been one of the most difficult parts of this whole journey because I know with each pull out of a photo and setting down of a frame that no one will ever love me like my mother. And this is both the good and the bad news. #museumofmayra #mymotherslove #wholelifeondisplay #mymomsavedeverything #thethingsmymotherkept #shrinetomayra #alifeinphotos
Today begets the closing of the “Museum of Mayra,” this little known shrine of one mother’s love for her only child. My mother kept every inch of wall & surface space covered in photos, mostly of me - throughout all the ages & stages of my life, especially the awkward ones. I used to beg her to take some down & when she wouldn’t, I suggested she charge admission to anyone coming into see it. She never charged a dime but she was a proud & loyal docent of my whole life, the life she created. I confess I was not always comfortable with this museum. It felt like more than just a mother’s pride. At times, it was the visual reinforcement that I was her life, her reason for being and this truth was heavy & uncomfortable to hold. I wanted two thriving lives not just one & a siphoning, vicarious existence. Still, I am not going to lie, taking this museum down has been one of the most difficult parts of this whole journey because I know with each pull out of a photo and setting down of a frame that no one will ever love me like my mother. And this is both the good and the bad news. #museumofmayra  #mymotherslove  #wholelifeondisplay  #mymomsavedeverything  #thethingsmymotherkept  #shrinetomayra  #alifeinphotos 
#tbt Chunks from the Berlin Wall. In March of 1990, my friend Terri & I were living in Paris as students & were rapt by the events taking place in Germany. As political science majors, we knew we were living a glorious, historic moment & we took an endless, overnight bus ride to Berlin to join thousands of others who were tearing down the Berlin Wall with hammers, picks, sledgehammers, whatever was available. I know in my bones and marrow that this event forever changed me & fully ignited my activist gene. I am so grateful to be reunited with these relics that my mom kept in safekeeping for nearly three  decades. #tbt #sogladshesavedthese #berlinwall #thefallofthewall #mymomsavedeverything #thethingsmymotherkept #relics #historyinthemaking #berlinwallremnants #livinghistory
#tbt  Chunks from the Berlin Wall. In March of 1990, my friend Terri & I were living in Paris as students & were rapt by the events taking place in Germany. As political science majors, we knew we were living a glorious, historic moment & we took an endless, overnight bus ride to Berlin to join thousands of others who were tearing down the Berlin Wall with hammers, picks, sledgehammers, whatever was available. I know in my bones and marrow that this event forever changed me & fully ignited my activist gene. I am so grateful to be reunited with these relics that my mom kept in safekeeping for nearly three decades. #tbt  #sogladshesavedthese  #berlinwall  #thefallofthewall  #mymomsavedeverything  #thethingsmymotherkept  #relics  #historyinthemaking  #berlinwallremnants  #livinghistory 
8 tracks. And just like that I am 8 years old again watching my mom, headscarf on, dancing to the sultry sounds coming off her 8 tracks while she tried to engage me in the fine art of scrubbing down the house from top to bottom on a Saturday morning while I begrudgingly followed her around with a book under my nose. Sorry Mom, we are going to have to split the difference on this one. I picked up your love of Spanish music & dancing (thank you! thank you!) but housekeeping, not so much! #8tracks #mymomsavedeverything #thethingsmymotherkept #nelsonned #lolita #rociojurado #waybackwednesday #sweetmemories #splitthedifference #musicvehicles #spanishmusic #raulmarrero #angelacarrasco #mymomsrelics #lastdaysatmomshouse #howwelistenedtomusicbackintheday
8 tracks. And just like that I am 8 years old again watching my mom, headscarf on, dancing to the sultry sounds coming off her 8 tracks while she tried to engage me in the fine art of scrubbing down the house from top to bottom on a Saturday morning while I begrudgingly followed her around with a book under my nose. Sorry Mom, we are going to have to split the difference on this one. I picked up your love of Spanish music & dancing (thank you! thank you!) but housekeeping, not so much! #8tracks  #mymomsavedeverything  #thethingsmymotherkept  #nelsonned  #lolita  #rociojurado  #waybackwednesday  #sweetmemories  #splitthedifference  #musicvehicles  #spanishmusic  #raulmarrero  #angelacarrasco  #mymomsrelics  #lastdaysatmomshouse  #howwelistenedtomusicbackintheday 
This stroll down memory lane makes me realize I peaked in high school! Who’s Who Among American High School Students? Who remembers this? Gearing up for my second act! Or is it my third act? Can’t keep track!#thethingsmymotherkept #mymomsavedeverything #whoswhoamongamericanhighschoolstudents #1985 #peakedinhighschool #memorylanemonday #secondacts #orisitthethirdact #losingtrack #goodytwoshoes #academics #thosewerethedays #overachiever
#tbt Vinyl. Found the mother lode of my old 45s & albums. My youthful musical tastes historically ranged from pop to jazz greats. I was OBSESSED with Olivia Newton John, Donna Summer, Madonna, Air Supply, Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, but also Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole & one hit wonders like Rick Springfield.  But Donny Osmond was the only one I ever wrote to regularly (with the exception of Brooke Shields). Starting at age 6. In 1973, he released the album “Alone Together” & for someone who was learning English as a second language, this seemed like a mistake. How could you be “alone together?” This made NO sense to me so I wrote him a letter telling him how much I liked him but also to point out his mistake & that he really needed to be more careful in the future as some of us were just learning English & his “mistake” was causing a lot of confusion. I explained that “alone” & “together” were opposites so how could you be “alone together?!” I remember becoming so obsessed with this Donny mistake that I wrote my half brother Mario in California an entire letter to tell him ALL about it. My brother who is 9 years older than I must have thought I was a loon but he kindly wrote me back & told me to give Donny a break; that when I was older I might grow to learn that “alone together” was actually a thing. I will have you know that Donny Osmond did write me back. I got a glossy photo of him smiling back at me with his toothy smile & signed with his autograph. He never did address my complaint about his grammar mistake but all is forgiven. My brother was right. I did grow up to learn all about “alone together” & it is my favorite state of being. (Sorry Donny!) And thus began my illustrious habit of writing strongly worded letters to express my opinion & my crushes. #somethingsneverchange #tbt #vinyl #donnyosmond #alonetogether #thethingsmymotherkept #oldrecords #mychildhoodinabox #precociouskid #mayrathisisyourlife
#tbt  Vinyl. Found the mother lode of my old 45s & albums. My youthful musical tastes historically ranged from pop to jazz greats. I was OBSESSED with Olivia Newton John, Donna Summer, Madonna, Air Supply, Barry Manilow, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, but also Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole & one hit wonders like Rick Springfield. But Donny Osmond was the only one I ever wrote to regularly (with the exception of Brooke Shields). Starting at age 6. In 1973, he released the album “Alone Together” & for someone who was learning English as a second language, this seemed like a mistake. How could you be “alone together?” This made NO sense to me so I wrote him a letter telling him how much I liked him but also to point out his mistake & that he really needed to be more careful in the future as some of us were just learning English & his “mistake” was causing a lot of confusion. I explained that “alone” & “together” were opposites so how could you be “alone together?!” I remember becoming so obsessed with this Donny mistake that I wrote my half brother Mario in California an entire letter to tell him ALL about it. My brother who is 9 years older than I must have thought I was a loon but he kindly wrote me back & told me to give Donny a break; that when I was older I might grow to learn that “alone together” was actually a thing. I will have you know that Donny Osmond did write me back. I got a glossy photo of him smiling back at me with his toothy smile & signed with his autograph. He never did address my complaint about his grammar mistake but all is forgiven. My brother was right. I did grow up to learn all about “alone together” & it is my favorite state of being. (Sorry Donny!) And thus began my illustrious habit of writing strongly worded letters to express my opinion & my crushes. #somethingsneverchange  #tbt  #vinyl  #donnyosmond  #alonetogether  #thethingsmymotherkept  #oldrecords  #mychildhoodinabox  #precociouskid  #mayrathisisyourlife 
It’s the last few days of clearing at my mom’s place before I close it up & good God, SHE KEPT EVERYTHING OF MINE! So I am taking you along for the ride that is “Mayra, this is your life” on this #TBT. Here my bosom buddy @lisavigg & I in Paris in my dorm. I couldn’t come home for Christmas that year because the airline tickets were astronomical & my mom couldn’t afford it so Lisa’s parents gifted her a ticket to me and we spent the most unforgettable & magical Christmas together in the City of Lights.  One of the highlights of the trip was gathering at Centre Pompidou and meeting a  bunch of international tourists.  Lisa, who is a gifted singer,  gathered us all in an impromptu jam session & lead this multi cultural group  in a singing circle that had strangers fall in love with each other  in an instant. We sang “We are the world” and “Do they know it’s Christmas” & pretty much every Beatles song that ever was & I doubt any of us there will ever forget the moment or that Christmas. It is seared in my heart and is among one of the most ALIVE moments I have ever lived. And check out the Jersey hair! Have  I told you I have the most amazing people in my life & I am blessed beyond words? I am. #tbt #bosombuddies #christmasinparis #mymomsavedeverything #mayrathisisyourlife #bighairdontcare #jerseygirls #junioryearabroad #amotherslove #thethingsmymotherkept
It’s the last few days of clearing at my mom’s place before I close it up & good God, SHE KEPT EVERYTHING OF MINE! So I am taking you along for the ride that is “Mayra, this is your life” on this #TBT . Here my bosom buddy @lisavigg & I in Paris in my dorm. I couldn’t come home for Christmas that year because the airline tickets were astronomical & my mom couldn’t afford it so Lisa’s parents gifted her a ticket to me and we spent the most unforgettable & magical Christmas together in the City of Lights. One of the highlights of the trip was gathering at Centre Pompidou and meeting a bunch of international tourists. Lisa, who is a gifted singer, gathered us all in an impromptu jam session & lead this multi cultural group in a singing circle that had strangers fall in love with each other in an instant. We sang “We are the world” and “Do they know it’s Christmas” & pretty much every Beatles song that ever was & I doubt any of us there will ever forget the moment or that Christmas. It is seared in my heart and is among one of the most ALIVE moments I have ever lived. And check out the Jersey hair! Have I told you I have the most amazing people in my life & I am blessed beyond words? I am. #tbt  #bosombuddies  #christmasinparis  #mymomsavedeverything  #mayrathisisyourlife  #bighairdontcare  #jerseygirls  #junioryearabroad  #amotherslove  #thethingsmymotherkept 
my first two-piece and flip flops :) #iwaslittleonce #thethingsmymotherkept #whatdoidowiththemnow