Celebrating Fast Women and Takeaway Food

Shrine-to-Chinese-FoodSoon after I moved to Tucson from Manhattan, I bought a house that fit my every fantasy of Southwest style: A swirled stucco bungalow with high, curved ceilings and graceful archways between rooms. I got rid of the orange shag carpeting, which turned out to conceal beautiful hardwood floors, and began to make the house my home.

I’m not religious–and if I was going to observe a faith, it would be the one I grew up with, Judaism–but I didn’t want the built-in niche to go to waste. An artist friend, Ginia Desmond, created a whimsical picture of a colorful chile-patterned cloth spread with Chinese takeaway containers. I added a puta doll, a Mexican folk art figure not intended for children (puta means prostitute). It’s a shrine that celebrates fast women who don’t always like to cook. Anyone know if there’s a goddess devoted to protecting us?

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Edie Jarolim is a writer and editor living in Tucson, Arizona. Sign up on this blog to get updates about her humorous tell-all/memoir, GETTING NAKED FOR MONEY: An Accidental Travel Writer Reveals All.

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