Writing at the intersection of motherhood, feminism and my Latinidad

16 November 2015

A Love Letter to Jane Villanueva

Dear Jane,

I know life doesn't seem to be going your way all the time, but I want you to know you are the best. While most viewers may be fixated on your agonizing decision between Michael and Rafael, I am all in for your story.


I envy your relationship with your mom and grandma. My mom has been gone for 12 years, her mom 19 years. I miss them. I don't kid myself to think we had that type of relationship you have with yours. But I love how it seems like it not you against the world, but the Villanueva mujeres against the world!

But I am really loving how you are dealing with the push and pull of being a mom and grad student so well. Your breaking down at the baby play group as you were deciding on going back to school was so real. Then tonight's talk with Rafael about it being selfish to stop pumping even after Mateo has weened from breast feeding. Then your WOOHOO about ending pumping. I was truly teary-eyed. THEN when you were totally honest with Petra about the on the job training moms endure. Well, I'm surprised I wasn't bawling on my couch. I bet someone somewhere was.

Your show is built around drug and arms dealers, but at the heart is the story of young woman just trying to figure out how to reach her dreams. I'm rooting for ya. We all are.

Your Chicago BFF,
Veronica

PS: #TeamJane


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