Thursday, April 08, 2010

Viva Mi Abuela (Grandmother) [updated]

My wife's grandmother died today. She was 92.

This is the woman who raised Tania from about 3 years old. She is the one who instilled values and beliefs in Tania. She is the woman who I went to ask for Tania's hand in marriage.

According to Tania, her abuela was a strong and independent woman who didn't need any help from anyone. In the 1970s, when Tania was a little girl, they lived on a piece of land on the banks of the Orinoco River where they raised chickens and pigs, and grew a few crops. Her abuela was so fierce and strong, she could kill a pig with a single wack of a thick stick between the eyes.

When I got to know her, she was already an old lady, blind, who loved me for taking care of, and being a good husband to her favorite granddaughter. She spoke to me in Spanish like I understood it. She spoke to me about the love of Jesus, and Hugo Chavez. She loved them both. I can't fault her for loving the former, but I think the latter had her fooled.

She was a good woman who lived a long hard life. May she rest in piece.

Viva mi abuela!

[update] I went to the funeral and it was very touching and nice. The whole time I was there, of course everyone is chattering in Spanish, so I withdraw into my own little world and this song kept playing in my head. Tania loves Billy Joe Shaver so I wanted to add this.


Gunnar Berg said...
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Mimbres Man said...

We were on a death watch during Semana Santa last week. Tania spent some time in Ciudad Bolivar then came back to me in Lecheria just to hang out with me.
This is going to change everything.

Michelle said...

glad you got to know her a bit. seems she was a wonderful woman in life and will continue her good works through you, tania and more.

Mike said...

This is a great post, Barin. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Tania's grandma. She sounds like she was a tough old gal!

mark scotch said...

condolences to both you and Tania, Mims.