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Honoring Our Grandparents

Growing up going to visit my grandparents on the weekends was routine. Something about my grandparents’ house was always welcoming. The smells coming from the kitchen, the warm hugs, the stories they told about my parents.

My grandparents’ house was a gathering spot for the family. I bonded with cousins on Sundays. I met family, who would come for visits from Puerto Rico.

On my mother’s side, I lost my Papa early in my life. My Mama however, has been a force in my life. She’s a little lady but don’t confuse her size with her abilities. I use to wonder how she could see me and my cousin from a block away. She could hear our secrets from the next room. She has the ability to bring family together in one room who otherwise would run for the hills.

On my father’s side, my Abuela passed away when I was about 18. I remember her speaking and everyone else just listening.  She could silence a room without raising her voice. Her word was law. I remember the warmth of her embrace. She had this aura around her, I just knew I wanted to be in it. I always knew I was loved by her.

My new bilingual books “My Grandmother’s a Superhero” and “My Grandmother, Mi Abuela” are in honor of both of them. Strong, independent women, both of whom have made me feel safe, loved and ready to conquer the world.

Our grandparents are the keepers of our past. The protectors of our present and the guidance to our futures. May we always treasure the importance of our grandparents in our lives and the importance of the elderly in our society.

Those who come before us pave the way for us.

As Always, Be A Ray of Sunshine,

Christine

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Breast Cancer Walk 2015

This year marks the 10th year of our moms survival of breast cancer. Words can’t describe how my sisters & I feel.

In 2004 she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It was a struggle to witness her build all courage and strength to battle this deadly disease.

Today my sister’s & I are in our 3rd year as a group participant in the yearly Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. We walk for all women, men and their families who have been affected by this disease. Especially for our mom and, our Aunt Julie who unfortunately has past.

In honor of our mom, we dedicate our team shirt to her this year. We are celebrating her 10 year anniversary date of being a survivor.

For all those who will like to join our team the link is below. All support is welcomed. Donations are not required. Your presence is what’s needed most. We are selling team shirts & soon will be holding a raffle. For more information on the shirts please contact Christine Cruz or Francine Soto. Adult and children sizes available.

Link on my facebook page Making Strides of the Bronx

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