Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Olympics Update

Today, while Alex was busy coloring, I sat next to him to browse this month’s magazines piled up on my desk. I am always getting inspired by beautiful things people create, whether it is a clam dish, or a dress design, or a personal story…

When I grabbed the latest issue of Vogue, I first turned to amazing designs and pictures of Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. What a treat for a human eye!

Met Ball, Photographed by Eric Boman,Vogue, July 2012
Then I turned the pages back to articles, and found Going the Distance by Nathanial Rich.

Have you heard of Marlen Esparza? When she was 11 years old, she walked into Houston’s Elite Boxing Gym where a group was training for an upcoming tournament with Rudy Silva. She asked Silva to train her. He looked down at Marlen, a thin, bony little girl with long legs, hair past shoulders, and a bright smile. Silva replied that he does not train beginners and that he does not train females. Marlen came the next day again and was refused again. She was sent to Silva’s assistant and trained at the other end of the gym. When the practice was over, Silva pulled Marlen over. While she had no technique, Silva saw that this inexhaustible girl did have something. She told him that she really wanted to box. So he said: “I’m not going to train you like a girl. I’ going to train you like a man.”

...Twelve years of hard work later, this thin, bony little girl will be making a debut at the Olympics!
Marlen Esparza, Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, Vogue, July 2012
 I, mildly put, do not like boxing, but Marlen does. And she does what she loves…

I am inspired.

What’s your passion?

With love always,
xo, Zuma A.

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