Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Abuela and her Boyfriend

Connie Barron stepped through the glass doors of Concourse J at Miami International Airport Monday afternoon and immediately saw an overwhelming sight: her three grown daughters and six grandchildren rushing to embrace her.

“We want Abuela! We want Abuela!’’ the children, ages 2 to 13, had just finished chanting when their grandmother of Pembroke Pines emerged with her boyfriend, Miamian Jesus “Jay’’ Garcia – both 62.

-from the front page of this morning's Herald, complete with a photo above the fold.

Abuela and her boyfriend Jesus are among the survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship.

Thus, "marriage" - or the lack of it - among the middle-aged post-moderns. It will be hard to talk the little girls out of living with their boyfriends in a few years, with Abuela's example at hand - as if someone will likely be there to raise the question with those young people.

It won't be Abuela, absent the grace of God. Yet the grace of God is already active in Abuela's life, obviously. She could not swim. She survived. And there's this from the Herald aricle:

On Friday night, after she and Garcia escaped, she slept on the floor of a church building.

There is hope for Abuela and her family. May God continue to bless them.

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