Madrina was there when i was baptized in nineteen sixty something. Even though i was born into a family with 5 other kids, I was blessed to get 2 more sisters (Anita and Maria) When i was a little girl Madrina knitted me a colorful orange poncho. I’m pretty sure I overwore that poncho. I wanted to wear it ALL the time and i have the pictures to prove it.
I remember she always had to get me a present for Christmas At some point she also made cookies as an added gift. She made cookies every Christmas even when her arm was hurting. Sometimes the cookies were overcooked but i knew she made them with love and i ate them without giving it another thought.
When it was time for me to get padrinos for my confirmation, i didnt even give it a second thought. Why would i look somewhere else when the examples of faith had been with me since my baptism? Madrina and Padrino were there by my side as they always had been before.
When I was planning my wedding, i knew my BFF would be my maid of honor but i wanted my witnesses to be marriage examples and once again, Juanita and Jose were my first choice (and my only choice). There they were, at my side at another important point in my life.
After Madrina went to the Jewish Home, someone told me that she was never going back to her house. That’s ok though, because a house here is just that, a house. God had a better place for her and it is a HOME. The Bible says our real home is with the Lord and i feel blessed to know that someone I love is finally at home. I’ve heard that that home, is a big big house with lots and lots of rooms, a big big yard (which she would love cuz that means lots of pretty roses).
I love her and will miss her dearly but just thinking about her warms my heart. Welcome home Madrina, welcome home 🙂