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Love in the Cornhusks

             I read Love in the Cornhusks by Aida Rivera-Ford for my Literature critical paper. I liked the story for the author presented it simply and did not become poetic or lyrical so I didn’t need to think much or read between the lines to understand the story. I also liked it because the barrio setting provided me with a quiet sense of familiarity and I did not need to acquaint myself with the surroundings anymore since barrios and barangays are ever present here in our country. Another reason why I liked the story was because of the Filipino characters. Being a Filipino, I know the culture more or less so I did not have to adjust that much to the characters because I am already familiar in a way with them. In short, I liked the story for I could easily picture the events and characters in my head and I was comfortable with reading the story for it was told without using too much flowery words and the narration of events were clear, solid, and simple. It was also easy to read and understand for I was “at home” with the story and I felt that I could easily relate to the characters and I felt as though I could understand them better than most of the characters in other stories. .
             The story was about this girl, Tinang, who visits her former employer to ask if she would be willing to be a madrina in Tinang’s baby’s baptism. Upon arriving in her senoritas house, Tinang had a brief but important dialogue with her senorita and through this dialogue, it could be inferred that Tinang was feeling the hardships of having married and bearing a child. There was also a hint of some sort that she was kind of regretting getting married but having nothing anymore to do about it, she just has to accept reality and face the consequences of her actions. Later on, she was told that there was a letter waiting for her at the post-office and having the queer belief that letters most often mean death, she hurried to the post-office scared and feeling paranoid.