Tuesday, October 7, 2008

In Memoriam- Ramón

My dad has five brothers. I knew four of them as Tío Cheo, Tío Sami, Tío German, and Tío Heri. But only one was ever simply called Tío. That was Ramón. For the longest time, I thought his name was actually Tío, and I remember my surprise when I learned that Tío was also the Spanish word for uncle! Tío always greeted me with a "¿Como 'stas? Dame un besito." Give me a little kiss. Always sharply dressed, a smile spread across his face, there was no way you could refuse.

Tío was technically my father's uncle. My grandmother raised him with her own children after their parents died. She was very much his mother. And he was very much a big brother to my father.
My Tío.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, I will be at Tío's funeral. I don't know if it has sunk in yet that I won't see him anymore. He's kind of like a Cheshire Cat. His smile lingers on. I can see it in the faces of my family.

Tio Smiling
picture by Lisa

Te amo, Tío. Muchos besitos para ti.

8 comments:

Purpleflowerpatch said...

{{{{Cristina}}}} I'm so sorry you have lost your beloved Tio. May God receive him into glory, and may you, his loved ones, be comforted in your grief.
What a blessed gift he must have been to you, dear friend.

Jessica said...

I am sorry for your loss of such a wonderful family member. He definitely has a sweet smile. Hugs to your family during your time of loss.

Mama Monkey said...

What a beautiful post -- and what a wonderful face. In am sorry for your loss.

biblioholic29 said...

Oh JP, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad you're focusing on the happy times. It's great to have had someone like that in your life!

flmom said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. (((((HUGS)))))

ComfyDenim said...

Ditto what Mama Monkey said.

I'm hugging you with my mind. :-D

Keeley said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! God bless you and your family. Our thoughts are with you.

Vicki said...

Oh Christina! {{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...