I met him last year at a big celebration. The magnetic personality of this man still keeps me enchanted for some inexplicable reason. We only spent 5 hours or so together but it felt like we never were apart. The moment I entered the room I saw nobody but him. Miguel is a man of a big heart, he gives you so much love and adoration you maybe saw in the movies and always wondered if it could be real. His undivided attention makes you wonder if it is for real or you are just daydreaming. I miss this guy so much… Last night I couldn’t sleep remembering his big smile and generous hugs to all people around us. Miguel never spoke a word that anyone could understand. Being fully bilingual, he does not speak much, he does not need to. This toothless six-year-old captivated my heart for forever: I don’t usually work with elementary kids but that Friday was an exception. I took a one day assignment to sub for a special education teacher and it turned out to be a celebration of Latino culture at that particular school. All grades went to a big pavilion to see some music and dance, we did some crafts later and finally there was a banquet with lots of food outside. It was so surreal all day long, Miguel and I were there to enjoy the vibe and celebrate life that can be so unpredictably beautiful.
I never came back to that school because you can’t enter the same river twice. I want to let the magic last forever, at least in my fantasies.