When Maria was only four years old her father, David Honda, died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He had been into remission twice and finally his body just gave up. The little girl was confused as to why her father suddenly disappeared but luckily she had a loving mother and doting grandfather to shower her with the adoration the smiley little girl deserved. She was the apple of her mothers eye and they lived happily together in Pittsburg. It was when Maria turned eighteen that tragedy struck the poor girl again and her mother was fatally injured in a car accident when on her way home from picking up Chinese take out for her and her daughter.
For someone who has already had to deal with major trauma in her life, Maria is a surprisingly upbeat girl. She always looks on the positive side of things and it’s hard to bring her down. She was sent to Chicago to live with her grandfather in his big house, except he wasn’t living there at that point because it was being renovated. He asked Maria if she had a friend she could stay with until it was done, and not wanting to cause trouble, she immediately said she did and that there was no need to worry about her. This was a lie. Maria didn’t know anyone in the city and ended up living on the streets for about a week, trying to make the best of what she had left in her pocket and scraping by, sleeping on benches and shopping at the dollar store. She was found by Kyo, Yuki, and Ray one day and when the clumsy girl tripped and fell into Yuki, turning him into a rat, there was no going back. She had unknowingly fallen, quite literally, into the fold, and there she would stay. She was allowed to come and stay in the Ray’s house, finally taking her off the streets and under a roof. The deal was that she would keep their secret as payment and would make dinner and clean the house. She soon started school, where the Sohma’s go, and is able to meet more cursed and none cursed people. She started to really fit into the city.
To others Maria can seems overly sweet and positive in her outlook on life and it can get annoying. You would expect someone who has been through so much to be bitter, or at least a little jaded, but this girl lives for the moment. She is grateful that she has been taken in, even if it is under very strange circumstances. Her loss means she is pretty much standing on her own two feet and this has forced her to grow up much faster than she otherwise might have. She knows what it is like to be hurt, making her an incredibly empathetic person. There was part of Maria that was envious of these people with gifts, even if they didn’t see it like that, because they had something obviously special about them which she felt she had always lacked. Even just being associated with them made her feel more validated. This was possibly the reason for her constant brightness, the more friends she won, the more validated she felt.
Positive: Bright, considerate, caring, enthusiastic
Negative: clumsy, erratic, gullible, impulsive