The last post of this series has arrived. First of all, I would like to thank all those who have favourited, commented and emailed on the previous thirty posts, and wish you the most magickal and powerful Samhain ever!
Despite the joy of having a party later (it’s 10:30 AM as I write this), my heart is heavy today, heavy with love for those who are gone. In my list there are two grandfathers, a grandmother, and someone whom I called a brother even though he wasn’t my biological family. There will be special treats for all of them, and a part of me will be aching all day because of the empty space they left behind them. As a way to thank them for their love, I would like to share a special memory I have with each of them.
Grandfather Alberto – you were a father to me. I will never tell grandma that we shared iced lemon drinks that you were not supposed to drink because you were sick.
Grandfather Pepito – I have so many good memories of you. You taught me to catch lizards using ripe bananas and an empty can of oil, only to release them back in the ravine, and with you I learnt to identify my first magickal plant, the castor oil plant.
Grandmother Maria Luisa – you were the kindest woman I have ever met. Did you know I always ask Fernando to fry the potatoes exactly as you did? They taste like home to me.
My dearest, dearest Harry (not real name) – you were our brother, our ally, our partner in crime. New Orleans is still waiting for us to visit it. You taught me how to be more compassionate, and proved once more how important is to say “I Love You” to those we do love, because tomorrow we may not be here. Your loss is still the most painful thing I have ever been through in my entire life.
To all of you – although you are always present in our hearts, today we will remember you more than ever, and our house will be open for you to celebrate with us. Please accept our loving offerings, and know that you are not gone for us: as long as there is love, the bond will never be broken.
Now, we are off to make our shopping for tonight’s party – regular posting will come back in a few days!