This past weekend my cousin, his wife (love her!) and I headed down to CA because our aunt is in the hospital. We know the inevitable is coming and we wanted to make the trip before not after. When I walked into the I.C.U.room I was taken aback by how different my Tia appeared from the last time I saw her. Upon second glance though her big brown eyes were exactly the same. Her eyes are similar to my mothers eyes. With Alzheimer’s beginning to set in she had to ask me a few times who I was and asked who my mother was as well. When I would tell her, each time she responded the same “aye mi hermana, she’s in heaven waiting for me.” I don’t know how it happened but the last time I was with my aunt was about 4 years ago. So, here we were together once again. I held her fragile hand and just marveled at how these hands once fed our family. She is known for making the best nacatamales (Nicaraguan tamales) Due to the uncertainty of the circumstance a lot of our family is beginning to pour in and visit. I saw cousins who I hadn’t seen in a few years, Uncles and Aunts as well. One aunt I hadn’t seen in over 15 years, it was amazing! Sunday I went and said good bye to my Tia because we had to get back home. Without saying it I think we both knew that this may be the last time we would see eachother. I’m sad, but I’m also heading back home with joy over seeing my family and being able to spend time with them. From the up and coming younger ones to the older ones. This experience I take and drink in, like a tall glass of lemonade not too sweet, not too bitter, and just right.
Memorable moments of this past weekend:
2. Spending time with just us cousins, because we wanted to and being able to reminisce of days gone by.
3. My cousin Silvio telling me that our Tia’s were greeting him the same way ( Silvio!...hugs….estas gordo) Gotta love them for their consistency!
5. Singing childhood lullabies with my Tia in the hospital. I hadn’t heard some of those songs since I was little! (That moment there I will cherish for the rest of my life)