my family memories series – episode one.

My beautiful grandmother had ten kids. Yes, ten kids. Nowadays, it seems impossible to accomplish such a feat. But my grandparents managed to raise them all, as many other families of their generation did. Families can be hard and a lot of trouble but blood ties are strong. We all share the same origins and we…

bullet points and “peculiar” traits.

I am grateful for a lot of things. I have been through a lot (I don’t like to compare life experiences, each one of us has its own hell to walk through). But I have the best parents one can ask for. They never walked away on me. They never left my side. They never stopped…

dad.

Do you know the guy that in every single party tells the same jokes, over and over again, always laughing hysterically, like it was the first time he had ever heard them? And do you know the guy that is always rushing out of the house or the store to have a smoke when the…

why do I put up with your farts.

Because you make smile. Because you make laugh. Because you make me angry. Because you bring life to our home. Because my parents ask how you’re doing even before asking me if I am OK. Because you always look for our feet to be your pillow during your sweet baby sleep. Because you make the morning…

mexilhoeira grande.

– Mexilhoeira Grande, 28th of September 2013 – Blue and yellow. The colours of my birthplace’s flag. The colours of OUR restaurant. The colours of our shoes and my flowers. The colours of my heart. Oh, these are also the colours of one of the rival teams of the football club I support back home….

the race car driver and the beauty queen.

– Madeira, January 1981 – We have a huge family. My dear grandmother had ten kids. Poor her. But her heart was that big. One cannot choose family. But if I had a chance I would not change a thing. For the good and for the bad. And the good has to be my parents….