This morning Arnold's aunt Cecilita passed away in Bogota, Colombia. Last week Carmen and her three sisters had made the trip to Bogota to say their goodbyes and help Cecilita cross over to the other side. Although I met her only once, she is the kind of lady who makes a strong impression. The oldest of six children, she was like many people in Colombia, the epitomy of strength in the face of adversity. When she and Carmen were in there 20s they were in a horrible bus accident. Carmen escaped with just a a dislocated shoulder. Cecilia was not so fortunate. Thrown from the bus with serious injuries; she was paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of her life. Anyone whose been to Latin America knows that life there is not kind to the wheelchair bound. Despite her physical limitations she managed to leave a bad marriage and raise her two sons as a single mother. Somewhere along the way she also started what Arnold affectionately dubbed the "Charismatic Catholic Empire". Arnold met his two closest friends Bill and Hernando when he lived in Cecilia's boarding house his first year in Bogota and the three of them swap stories about that time in their life with wide eyes.
May you rest in peace Cecilita. Your family will miss you but we know you will enjoy your new life on the other side.