April is a special month because both of my parents were born in April. It’s interesting for me to think about growing up in a household (as a Gemini) with a ram (my mother) a bull (my father) and two scorpions (the twins). In any case, astrology aside, today is my mom’s birthday and the best way I know how to celebrate her is by describing who she is, by way of her actions.
Upon a quick google search, characteristics of her zodiac actually do a great job of describing her, but don’t worry, those of you not sold on the science of astrology, I will expound on these shortly: determined, fiery, executive skills, born leader, impulsive, headstrong, opinionated, loyal, physical, driven, ambitious.
“My actions are my only true belongings.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
Mother with many hands
Jean skirt, copper buttons down the front
made it herself
hoe in hand, digging furrows in the soil
planting the tried and true seeds: lechuga, acelga, repollo 
experimenting with tastier seeds: sandía, zapallo 
hose in hand, nurturing the garden
Sewing machine between capable arms
foot on the pedal, moving forward, always forward
crafting us kids matching outfits
even though they would be hidden behind guardapolvos 
Mateando  with our adoptive tios and abuela next door
A knitting needle in each hand, prototyping the next
vest for dad
a sweater for one of the kids
Sweating in the heat of the hot chaqueño  days
in the kitchen making
family favorites from Ohio
egg noodles with mashed potatoes and gravy
or adopting new recipes and creating versions of empanadas no one had ever tasted before
Taking the goat milk from the milkman each week
she on the dirt road, he perched in his sulky 
receiving the milk handed down from his rickety roost
emptying the liquid contents enclosed in old wine bottles–
she made yoghurt
in a land where there was only liquid yogur, in hard plastic bags, that she poured on her muesli
with less ganas  than her creation that could be spooned quite satisfactorily.
Science projects with her kids:
Making piñatas in the laundry room
Raising our own ducks and chickens
Keeping bees, until my dad and the old mallard were stung
Always with her hands.
Woman of many hands—Mom.
 Lettuce, Swiss chard, cabbage
 Watermelon, squash
 Lab-coat like garments used in Argentina as school uniforms and worn on top of school children’s clothing
 The act of sharing mate together; drinking mate
 The Chaco province in Argentina is where we lived for a time
 Pronounced [sewl key]: a little carriage, used to carry one or two passengers, and as a transport method in rural areas.
 Determination, resolve, or will to do something.