BRONX, NY- Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, food, and saying grace. Every year the tradition is the same, but what constantly changes is the people you spend the holiday with. The day before Thanksgiving, my family and I lost Titi Elsie. She was a sweet soul devoted to her family. A woman who loved fashion, animals, and most of all, family reunions.
I gave thanks on Thursday for the friends and family who are still in my life. Titi Elsie’s death also made me reflect about those who are no longer with us. It was both sweet and painful to remember my angels in heaven. So, this holiday, I want to say thank you to:
- Abuela Elena: for training me to drink coffee since the age of two and for always having a positive spirit even when things went horribly wrong. I miss your laugh.
- Abuelo Colo: for the lessons on music, creativity, and taking care of animals. I miss hearing your voice.
- Tio Mundo: for pushing me to not let any obstacle get in the way of my education. I remember the big grin on your face when I walked across the stage at my high school graduation. I miss that smile.
- My cousin, Moises: for teaching me to play marbles and making my summers fun when you would visit with your brother. I miss the games we used to play.
- To Lucy: for loving me and Alondra like her own grandchildren and being there for Mami when she needed it the most. I miss seeing you dressed in your Sunday best for church.
- Titi Mercedes: for always planning a wild adventure when I spent my summers in Puerto Rico. I miss our trips to the beach.
- Titi Elsie: for bringing the family together during our visits to Pennsylvania. I already miss your joyful spirit and the smell of your strong coffee.
Hug your loved ones year-round. Say “I love you” more often and enjoy life to the fullest. To my angels, keep watching over us until the day we meet again. I love you all!
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Last Updated: January 13, 2022