On Saturday, January 30th, I lost a dear friend whom I had known since high school.
When I found out on Weds. Jan. 27th, that she had entered hospice, I was shocked and saddened.
The next day as I was thinking of her and our youthful times together, I was gazing out the window. There I saw a rainbow as colorful as Maria was. At some moments I could see
a faded second rainbow!
Can you see the second rainbow in the first photo?
The sky changed colors and went from dark to a brighter blue.
I smiled and thought how Maria was like the rainbow and how she added color to many lives.
Maria was a wonderful, colorful, caring, strong friend, mother and woman.
She was always there if you needed help. even if it was just a shoulder to cry on.
Maria, Sue, and I hung out together and called ourselves the Three Amigos.
I met Maria when she stopped a bully in high school from beating me up.
She stepped between me and the girl and told her, "If you want this little girl you will have to go through me first." She became a guardian angel to me after that. She helped me to grow into myself.
She was always cheerful. Maria seemed to see fun in everything and kept us laughing.
She smoked and when I asked her what it was like, she handed me the cigarette and told me to take a big, deep breath. When I did, I started coughing like crazy. Then she said that she better not ever catch me smoking--EVER!
When some guys asked me out, Maria would simply tell me, "You are not going out with him. He is no good." She protected me. She knew I was naive.
Across the street from me was an Hispanic family with two teen boys, and they would see me and say 'Bonita Rosa.' I told Maria one day that they kept calling me bony Rose, and she laughed so hard. Then she informed me that they were saying Pretty Rose, not bony Rose.
She thought that was extremely funny! And it was!
Maria and her mom taught me how to make homemade tortillas. Sue and I loved eating food they prepared. The tortillas fried up and sprinkled with a blend of cinnamon and sugar, or powdered sugar were OH so delicious!
This is the way I will remember my friend, my Maria--smiling.
Peace be with you, my dear friend.