Ich bin kein Mexikaner! I am not Mexican!
Marti is not Mexican. Neither am I.
So I asked her: What is your view when the Berlin wall collapsed?
Marti: Personally I was overjoyed when the Berlin wall collapsed. Many of my aunts, uncles and cousins lived there. It split my mother’s side of the family in two at the time, with her and a few others defecting to the west before the wall was constructed. As a child I never really understood why there was a wall. All I remember was that my mother would send a Christmas parcel of ‘treats’ every year to her aunt. It contained everyday items that we would take for granted back here in Australia. I recall our aunt writing back thanking her for the gift and said they were going to celebrate new year’s eve with two of the very special gifts – tinned frankfurts and tinned pineapple. Even was a child this broke my heart.
Having gained freedom and living in Canada the time when Berlin Wall collapsed, it was a sight of relief watching it on TV. It was a day to remember and I prayed that history will not repeat.
Marti’s cartoon gives me so much to ponder upon as well as makes me smile, ironic it may be. Through her imagination and humor, Marti provides me inspiration that is alien to me. No pun intended, Marti.