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La LLorona – the weeping woman (revisited)

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

la llorona, marsearth,

Natalia Lafourcade

There is a legendary tale in Mexico (and the American southwest) about a beautiful woman who weeps in anguish and sheds many tears.
She is a woman whose children died.

It is said that her ghost haunts the rivers and streams and waterways because her children drowned.
And she drowned them herself – in anger against her husband’s unfaithfulness.

Among the stories told and re-told in families with Hispanic traditions,
the tale of “La LLorona” (lah yore-RONE-nah) is probably the scariest.

I have heard versions in English and in Spanish,
and with a very few embellishment, the haunting cries of this distraught woman give chills to this day.

(Thanks to my Tío Andrés, our Spanish folktale story teller.)

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Fear Chronicles

by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

. . .  Stories for a stormy night . . .

I once knew a little boy who learned about fear at age 6 while having a fun conversation with his same-aged best friend. The young lads decided that they wanted nicknames and chose to call themselves by their favorite foods. The one laughed every time he called his friend – grits – and  the other enjoyed calling out – toast – to alert his friend.

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