Rhan Wilson

Emmita

Born in rural Mexico in 1928, Emma Paula Pidgeon grew up amid poverty, neglect and abuse. And yet, through it all, she is able to look back at these early memories with insight and often humorous reflection.
    As told to and transcribed by her son Rhan Wilson, Emma invites us to examine the goings-on of her early childhood. Whether it be in her story of the elderly man stuck to the seat of an outhouse, or her tale of the shunned and isolated woman with an injured leg, she describes a neighborhood permeated with superstition, gossip, and misfortune.
    In her recollection of these incidents – Emma Paula Pidgeon leaves many of them somewhat unresolved in the hope that we, the readers, might too ponder their meaning.
    In Emmita, this mother and son team present to you these stories of youth, old age, and the perseverance it took to get there and survive.