As a kid I have to admit that my mom rarely if ever used candles, and I think she was afraid my sister and I might burn the house down. Oh yeah forgot to mention that I have a younger sister, by 3 years to be exact. Anyway, I really did not have to go too far to see what is in my opinion a Mexican undeniable household icon. I know you have seen them, even if your not Mexican. In Texas you can find them at many groceries store...maybe in the "Mexican isle" but they are there none the less.
My sister and I would often stay over at my grandma's house. She was not always the nicest, but I remember going to sleep at night and her lighting a candle in the room on the shelf. If you have ever seen these things they are super tall and can burn for what seems like an eternity. There is something comforting to me about a lit Mexican religious candle that has something to do with the flicker in the dark and the illumination of images depicting all sorts images and people.
I now light my own candles and it helps me get ready for bed. Of course I do not leave it burning, but I still think its nice to have around. Maybe the candle will do the same thing for my children as it did for me. I knew that as long as that candle was lit nothing could get me. Not even the infamous Cucuy or the weeping La Llorona.