February 2013 Issue

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Breathing the same air

Melanie Davis (left) with her life and business partner, Gabriela Kandziora. Melanie Davis (left) with her life and business partner, Gabriela Kandziora.
I grew up in a fish bowl. Exposed to the eyes of the public before I even had two digits in my age, I headed out on the campaign trail with my grandmother as she headed toward becoming the first Latina to hold executive office in our nation as secretary of state for New Mexico. Early on, I knew life was different at home, growing up a tomboy on the wrong side of El Burque (Albuquerque, New Mexico). My neighborhood and school juxtaposed strikingly with the life I saw my grandmother living out in Santa Fe when I served as a senatorial page, but in both places I saw people like me creating real, lasting change in the lives of others. However, I saw no place for a tomboy like me, one full of confusing feelings and questions, be it in El Burque or Santa Fe. I eventually did what I thought I was supposed to do: burned my way through school, worked hard, and got married to a man who used to be fond of saying that if he and I were to ever get a divorce — which we did when I was only 25 — I would end up with a woman. I came to realize that in my own frenzy of doing what I felt was expected of me as a daughter, a woman, and a Latina, that I had never really seen myself. It was perfectly clear: my ex was right. Continue reading...  

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