Thursday, July 2, 2015

Five years ago today

Wow, it's been a while since I've visited these pages. I guess that Facebook and Twitter have now taken up what I used to do here, which was to keep close friends and family abreast with my life.

However, today is a day to mark, especially, so I'm here again, where my papi used to come regularly (he was subscribed to the blog) to find out what was going on with me. Today, five years ago, my father left us to "the other side of things." He is sorely missed.

I feel very fortunate to have this photograph, which I believe my mami kept. I remember that, on one of his visits to me while I was studying at Harvard, my dad insisted that we should take a portrait. He made all the arrangements, told me to dress up, and took me to get this photograph done. Back then I thought it was my dad being a little weird, like he could be. As a typical 20-some-year-old (I wish I knew what year this was taken--the black plastic bracelets on my arm suggest the 1980s), I was not a little annoyed with this embeleco.

Now, so many decades later, I can't be more appreciative that my dad took the trouble to do this. He knew something I didn't know then (and wasn't that true for so many things?!). He knew this would be something to cherish in the future. For that, and for so much more, I give thanks. Papi, you may not be here with us, but you are always present in our hearts, forever.