I'm sure you know my Guelita, but she is an amazing woman. She is 94 and in surprisingly good health, however she has Alzheimers and is slowly forgetting. It's hard to watch, to see someone so strong become afraid. Someone who cared for everyone have to depend on others for nearly everything. She gets frustrated and really, she just wants to die. She misses Guelito terribly. However, I love and cherish any time I can get with her for time is fleeting.
A rare opportunity presented itself to photograph all the women in the family (uncles, the offer is open to you if you all want to meet one day). They are a wonderful group of women who bless the lives of many. My beautiful mother is in the middle and if you've been here with me long you will know that the next few things I write are going to get me into trouble, but it's worth it for I have an extraordinary mother.
She bears Guelita's name and I think they look alike. Like Guelita my mother serves anyone. She is always there when there is a crisis, she is phenomenal when there is a catastrophe (large or small). She is there level headed and ready to take action and get things done. I can get things done, but I'm always a teary mess and that hardly garners confidence. As a child I can't tell you how many times my mom would be taking care of someone else's family, gathering supplies for another family that was in need and all the while being our mother. She supported us, encouraged us and helped us to grow.
She learned about faith and devotion from Guelita and taught me to trust in the Lord; to turn to Him in everything. She taught me about sacrifice and hard work. These are things she learned from her mother and things I hope to teach my children.
I loved being able to spend a few moments photographing these treasured mother daughter relationships. I am blessed to have such a rich legacy through my Abuelos and the unwavering support of my Tíos and Tías. I am truly blessed to be part of this wonderful family!
I am so thankful to the chance to spend time with my Guelita each week; to help care for her and to be taught by her. It's hard to imagine such a tiny little woman could hold such wisdom and strength, but she is a force to be reckoned with. I love hearing stories about my tíos and tías, their childhood antics and the way my grandmother dealt with them. I love the stories of strength and courage, of faith and sacrifice.
For the time she has left on this earth, I am so blessed to have time with my Guelita. How I love her.