Last night I had one of these visits…
I was taken by a group of people to meet an elderly woman in what seemed to be a church.
“We will be going to see a saint that wants to talk to you,'' they said to me. I asked, “Who is this saint?” “She is a 110 years old, a lady who wants to see you,” someone responded.
When I approached her, I saw a fragile woman, that stood up with the aid of two women.
When she saw me she smiled at me with warm kindness, like she had known me for a long time. She was pleased to see me and I felt her benevolence even from a distance.
She turned around to talk to my kids —at that moment I realized that all of my kids were next to me.
Then, she began: she turned towards Daniela, “Daniela, pon tus miedos a un lado, tienes tantos planes, tantas ideas, emprendelos sin miedo.” (Put your fears away. You have so many projects and ideas; undertake them without fear.)
Then, she turned to Gabriel, “Tienes un camino, no te distraigas” (You have a path to follow, don’t get distracted.)
Finally, she went to Isa, “Tu padre te da machete todos los días porque te quiere. Tu eres una aventurera sin miedo y eso es lo que a él le asusta, que te aventures muy lejos” (Your father is tough on you everyday because he loves you. You are not afraid and always looking for an adventure; what scares him is that you will go too far.)
When I woke up, I kept my eyes shut and recalled my dream; enjoying the moment and absorbing it so I won’t forget. After my period of reflection I proceeded to write it down —something I always do so I wont forget my dream.
Still laying on my bed, I asked myself who was this beautiful angel that visited me and why was it important to know her age, 110 years old?
Suddenly, it became clear, Abuelita, my grandmother, a very religious and spiritual person, the most beautiful soul that I have ever met was born 110 years ago today —October 3rd,1909. On her birthday, she came to celebrate it with our children and while having a ball, she passed on some of her wisdom; a truly memorable celebration.
Gracias Abuelita, we all miss you.