Joy in the simple things of life…una fiesta sencilla

Less than two months after her father’s death, Isabel celebrated her tenth birthday today. How suddenly and drastically the life of this family has changed! A family of eight young children, an indigenous mother who barely speaks Spanish…and now everyone has to pitch in to bring food to the table. Mom sells fruit on the sidewalks of Cuernavaca, fourteen-year-old Maribel sells little bracelets and necklaces to her classmates, Isabel sells candy to her neighbors, Carlos at age 12 helps his mother prepare and sell fruit. Just making it through the day is so much more difficult now that their Dad is gone. But today everyone was happy, and it didn’t take much: a meal of roast chicken, fresh bread, and chocolate cake…with those magic candles that keep relighting! I thank God for the joy and laughter we shared today.

Festejando el cumpleaños de Isabel han pasado solo unos meses del fallecimiento de su padre, su vida ha cambiado totalmente, siendo familia de 8 niños, una madre que habla lo mínimo de español, que con la venta de fruta que realiza cada día, lleva un poco de comer a su mesa, Maribel la mayor de tan solo 15 años, ahora vende pulseritas y collares con sus compañeras, Isabel de 10 años vende dulces con los vecinos en la estación, Carlos de 12 años vende fruta con su madre, ahora el sobrevivir de cada día es un poco más difícil, pero con tan poco se pueden hacer tan feliz a este numerosa familia, un pastel, unos pollos, pan, refrescos y unas velitas magicas, con tan solo eso logramos sacar las sonrisas de estos pequeñitos, Gracias, Dios, por darme la oportunidad de disfrutar este día.

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