December 9, 2011
I am interested in the culture of Guadalupe. Since I live in an neighborhood where the neighbors are mostly Mexicans, I put a picture of Guadalupe on the front wall facing the street. The picture frame was hanging from a nail.
This morning I found the frame down on the ground, separated from its contents---the back board and some prints of my drawings that were used as padding in the frame. The picture of Guadalupe was no where to be found.
Then I remembered that my font fence door was wide open when I came back home at 10:30pm. I normally lock the fence door but the lock was unlocked and put on top of the fence pole. I thought I must have forgotten to lock it, a rare situation.
Now seeing my Guadalupe picture missing, I wonder if hanging a picture of Guadalupe on the front wall of the house violates some taboo and someone might have entered to take it away.
Then as I lift my eye, I saw the glass of the frame standing on the thin rim under the window. The picture of Guadalupe was there alright.
Now I think the frame must have been blown off the wall by the wind days ago. I cannot understand however how come the glass landed on the rim that is only two centimeters wide from the wall and did not fall to the ground. and got broken.
The only reason, I think, is that Guadalupe exercised a miracle to protect the glass.
Or, a more secular interpretation is that the frame has no bottom edge. The glass and everything was inserted from there and the frame was supposed to stand on a desk rather than be hanged on the wall. So pulled by the gravity of the earth, the glass and other contents must have fallen straight down along the wall and the glass, having some weight, landed on the frame and stayed. The fall turned it down and cause it lying on the wider side, but the glass stayed there. The light frame, now devoid of the glass and other contents, coudl no longer stay on the nail anymore.