Returning to center. Returning to the root of my maternal ancestors. I’ve been writing a Sunday morning group text to my kids for a while now, and most recently have begun telling our family story, member by member, starting with their great-grandmothers and including old photos I have. Last Sunday’s text was about my mom, her story from what I know, and what she had told me about. I wish I had asked more questions. I do know though, what a strong group of women there are in my maternal lineage, no question there. This all started another line of thought as I signed a painting that I’ll say is done. I’ve been signing my work, photography and paintings, with my hyphenated maiden paternal and married surnames. A huge explosion went off in my head this last week as to why in god’s name I would not use my grandmother’s surname! It still rankles that I would not have thought of this a few years ago. I begin now, to publicly honor her and all of the incredible women that have come through her; the Vidaurri women.