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at christmas
U N F O R G E T TA B L E

by NACHO MONCLÚS

"I

used to be as beautiful as you are now!"
That was my grandma, "la yaya,"
years ago, pointing a finger at my girlfriend, who looked to me for a translation, wondering about the words from
that small woman with deep black eyes
and a face as wrinkled as the porcelain
of a reconstructed Japanese vase.
This past Christmas, now married
and with a daughter in tow, we were
back at that house in Spain, the house
that still smells like Yaya. Luckily, my
mom and her five sisters can fill the
space left by our matriarch. They make
the house come alive, louder than some
Latin restaurant in the West Village on a Friday night.
Everything is in the same place as it was when Yaya was
still alive, as it has been since I can remember. Besides the
addition of framed pictures of new grandchildren, grandparents' houses never change.
My picture from my first communion was still there to

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embarrass me, next to the one of my grandpa when he was
young, laughing, holding a bottle of wine.
It wasn't a bottle of my family's wine, though we had
made wine in this house for centuries-from our own vines
and from our neighbors'. Then things got hard after the
Civil War. There were a couple of bad vintages; there were
the animals and people stealing grapes. My yayo (grandfather) decided to pull out 2,600 vines-parraleta, moristel,
alcañón and a grape called cojón de gato (cat's nuts)-local
varieties from a time before Somontano was invaded by
French vines.
After my yayo stopped making wine, a truck would come
from Calatayud and deliver 1,000 liters once a year-a lot
of wine for one family. It was garnacha, with enough alcohol to fend off the cold from the Pyrenees.
There was always a porrón filled with that wine on the
table. And at the head, my yayo, hard as the land he was
given to work. He had the bluest eyes I'd ever seen, his skin
like leather, textured by the sun, from having worked the
land his entire life. I'm sure today he could still beat the
shit out of me.



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