Maria loved her horse as much as she loved the people of the church. The old man said that when animals loved a person it was a sign that the person had a pure heart and it seemed that all animals loved her.
She learned many things from the priest including how to read and write in both Spanish and English. She wasn’t the best student but now she could easily get by in el Norte. She let the priest baptize her and she took her first communion. She learned about confession, and told the priest most of her sins. Not all, as she had difficulty really believing most anything she’d ever done much of a sin.
She even made peace with Paulo, the man she had clobbered with the candleholder. He was gruff and grumpy but she won his heart. It was the way of it with Maria; she had found her voice, lost her timidity. She was blossoming into a fine young lady and she turned heads and hearts constantly, wherever she went. Maria's Trail