There are quite a few days that I think of my Titi (Auntie) Gloria because she was such a big influence in my life.
Being present while she battled cancer for four years and watching that struggle was a painful and enlightening experience.
Many of my childhood summers were spent with her. Watching her make Puerto Rican food, working in her Bible Book Store, and playing in her backyard… that was my happy, safe place.
She was one of my mother’s six sisters and more of a Grandmother to me than an Aunt.
Her faith and strong sense of family were always and still are an inspiration.
There are so many lessons that are still with me to this day that came not only from her, but from my Mother as well…
Help those less fortunate.
Feed EVERYONE who comes into your home.
Be there for your family, always.
God/Jesus IS LOVE (no matter what stupid humans want to portray)
Laugh. There is humor in everything.
Pray for your enemies.
For me, the greatest wisdom she ever shared came in her last days during a conversation with my Mother. She said that she knew what life was all about and it was truly the only thing that mattered in the end.
Life is about loving people.
That’s it. It’s so simple and we complicate the hell out of it, but just loving each other is everything. Love them. Love them unconditionally. Love them fiercely. Just love them.