Are you ever just walking around and someone pops into your mind? And you wonder about that person and lots of memories come back? Well, that happened to me this morning. I have NO idea what made Aleyda come to mind - none, nada. But she was a very important person for at least ten years in my life back in the USA. I met her through a mutual friend and she cleaned his house and subsequently mine, and she followed me as I moved around for a few years there in the 90's.........What a delightful woman - hard, hard worker. She came from El Salvador with NOTHING! Worked two jobs every day for at least six days a week and in the ten years I kept up with her managed to pay cash for a house and buy a car. Initially she took three buses to get to my house!
Her generosity was amazing. When my daughter was diagnosed with acute leukemia, she was seven months pregnant. She was induced for a week until little Christopher was born and then started chemo the very next day. I and the "other" grandmother took turns taking care of him when he came home from the hospital plus my being with Jennifer........it was exhausting, to put it mildly - I needed 36 hours in a day. I mentioned this to Aleyda one day and asked if she knew someone who could help with Christopher.................you're not going to believe this...........her mother flew up from El Salvador and stayed with us and Christopher for about three months! Jennifer didn't get to be with Christopher until he was 4 or 5 months because she had a bone marrow transplant so Aleyda's mother was a "godsend".............
Generosity? I see it every single day here in Mexico - it causes a lump in my throat. It's the flower vendor who comes to my house who ALWAYS gives me an extra rose (I now give him a muffin or something I've baked which brings BIG smiles) or Josefina, my maid, who brings me a gift on Mother's Day.........or total strangers being so kind.
So, thinking of Aleyda makes me just that more grateful for the generosity and kindness of those we know, and those we don't! I tried to call Aleyda last time I was in Houston and she's moved and I have no way to find her. I certainly wish her well in her life...........what a woman!