More than three weeks ago, Rebecca Alexis Moreno was ushered into the world, the first child of proud parents Julieta and Ruben Moreno of El Centro.
Equally important, Rebecca's birth immediately granted 26-year-old Julieta admittance into an exclusive club, a club being honored today throughout the United States and a club that was honored all over Mexico and the Imperial Valley on Thursday, which was Mexican Mother's Day. Mother's Day in this country is today.
OK, motherhood may not exactly constitute club membership, but with the life-changing experiences to which Julieta has been privy since the April 18 birth of Rebecca, she makes a good case.
A driven counselor for the Imperial County Behavioral Health Services who's just weeks away from obtaining her master's degree in school counseling from the University of Redlands, she said Rebecca has altered her in so many ways.
"It changes your head and your heart. I really feel that before (I was pregnant) I would think about school and work, more about myself," she said. "Now, I'm always thinking about her. She's always in my mind.