Friday, April 26, 2013

Carta a mi madre en el dia de las Madres

Carta a mi madre fallecida por el día de la madre




Queridísima y siempre extrañada mamá: se acerca el domingo en que se celebra el día de la madre aquí en la tierra, es el tercero en el que no tendré la dicha de compartir tu presencia como lo hacíamos siempre, hoy me atrevo a ver tu retrato después de mucho tiempo sin ponerme a llorar desconsoladamente, y es que no tengo que ver una foto para tenerte presente porque vives dentro de mi mente, dentro de mi sentir, todavía me parece escuchar tu voz y te veo en la cocina preparando tu cafecito con tu cigarro en la mano, tu belleza siempre resplandeciente, sin olvidarme de tu infinita bondad, de lo creativa y trabajadora que siempre fuiste, tan buena comunicadora, tan llena de temas de conversación y esa pasión por todo lo que hacías, como defendías a tus hijos como una leona y como siempre me decías que yo era desde siempre tu mejor amiga. ¡Mamá, Barbarita querida, cuanto te echo de menos! Nunca me imaginé que te podías ir tan súbitamente, tan joven y que me iba a quedar tan vacía, tan triste mamita, gringuita querida. 

Sabrás que Britta nuestra amada gatita se puso tan triste con tu partida que también se nos fue como tú y después partieron mis dos amigas de toda una vida, primero Marion la colorada, hace unos meses Carmencita, y hoy te pregunto mamá como supongo que estás en el Cielo y Britta, Marion y Carmen también ¿por casualidad mamá las has visto por ahí alguna vez? ,¿mamá como es ese mundo donde tú estás? Es tan lindo como lo que dice San Agustín que es impresionante: ¡Si conocieras el don de Dios y lo que es el Cielo! ¡Si pudieras oír el cántico de los Ángeles y verme en medio de ellos! ¡Si pudieras ver desarrollarse ante tus ojos los horizontes, los campos eternos y los nuevos senderos que atravieso!

¡Si por un instante pudieras contemplar, como yo, la belleza ante la cual todas las bellezas palidecen! ¡Cómo! ¿Tú me has visto, me has amado en el país de las sombras y no te resignas a verme y amarme en el país de las inmutables realidades? Creedme: cuando la muerte venga a romper las ligaduras, como ha roto las que a mí me encadenaban, y cuando un día, que Dios ha fijado y conoce, tu alma venga a este Cielo en que te ha precedido la mía, ese día volverás a ver a aquella que te amaba y que siempre te ama, y encontrarás tu corazón con todas sus ternuras purificadas. Volverás a verme, pero transfigurado, extático y feliz, no ya esperando la muerte, sino avanzando contigo, que me llevarás de la mano por los senderos nuevos de la luz y de la vida, bebiendo con embriaguez a los pies de Dios un néctar del cual nadie se saciará jamás.

Enjuaga tu llanto y no llores si me amas. Estas son palabras de San Agustín el hijo de Santa Mónica que era la santa favorita de mi abuelita. Y hoy aunque estoy todavía triste y me cuesta trabajo acostumbrarme a que no te tengo en mi vida terrenal, estoy convencida de que la Mano de Dios es la que rige este destino de ligaduras y senderos. Hasta que Dios me llame y entonces como vosotros quisiera participar bebiendo del néctar del cual nadie se saciará jamás, como dice San Agustín. “SI ME AMAS NO LLORES MAS….PALABRAS DE SAN AGUSTIN. No llores si me amas.

Mamá hoy te quiero decir cuánto te quiero y cuanto te necesito, sé que no te lo dije la cantidad de veces que tenía que habértelo dicho, sé que muchas veces no te comprendía y que me costó mucho trabajo acostumbrarme a ser la hija de padres divorciados y a tantos momentos difíciles que tuvimos que atravesar, pero cuando uno es joven no piensa en la muerte, y no sabe lo difícil que es resignarse y pensar que nunca jamás te volveré a ver más, si supieras cuanto sufro con esta soledad, mi vida sin ti, han pasado tantas cosas desde tu partida. Por otra parte te cuento que pronto voy a tener buenas noticias sobre mi estado de salud porque he mejorado mucho y cada día me voy sintiendo mejor, con nuevas actividades, ahora ya estoy retirada y me dedico por completo a ayudar a los desamparados y a los pobres, también he arreglado el patio y el jardín y me ha quedado tan bonito que me siento en las tardes a contemplar las plantas y la naturaleza y siempre vienen a visitarme pajaritos y mariposas y por las noches nunca faltan mis amadas luciérnagas. También sigo escribiendo otros libros y ya te contaré mamá como me va, como hacía siempre desde chica que te contaba todo lo que me pasaba porque nunca nos tuvimos secretos, siempre fuiste mi confidente y todavía recuerdo como peinabas mis cabellos cuando pequeña, como me hacías trenzas y lindos peinados, me cosías lindos vestidos y los mejores disfraces, como nos preparabas deliciosos postres y el mejor puré de papas, me ensenaste tantas cosas mamita querida, sobre todo a ser luchadora, a ser fuerte, a ser femenina y amar la vida, amar la naturaleza, el arte, la música. Como extraño verte sentada ante el piano tocando melodías inmortales. Siempre me escuchabas y siempre te hacía reír, me decías que había nacido para ser artista y comediante. Mí querida mamá no pensaba escribirte una carta tan larga, pero ya me conoces, hablo y escribo mucho desde siempre, me despido con mi cariño y amor eterno, deseándote de parte de todos tus seis hijitos, de tus siete nietos y tus tres binietos,
un feliz día de la Madre en el cielo con todas las madres que ahora viven en la Gloria ¡mi dulce mamá! Te imagino vestida de blanco y sonriente con tus bebitos en los brazos. Con todo mi amor de hija, de madre, de abuela. Tú primogénita, tu Mary Elizabeth.







Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston tragedy of April 15, 2013

With thousands of runners still on the course, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people, injuring at least 113 and turning the city’s most celebrated event into a grisly spectacle of shattered glass, blood and screams.


President Barack Obama said authorities did not know who carried out the attack but vowed to render “the full weight of justice” against those responsible. Minutes later, law enforcement officials said that an 8-year-old child was one of the dead.

Video from the scene showed two blasts about 20 seconds apart just off the course at the finish. White smoke rose, barriers flew, and throngs of people who had gathered to cheer the runners turned and fled in terror. They later reported seeing horrific injuries that included blown-off limbs and bodies thrown to the asphalt.

All the sudden there was a massive boom. There was a sort of concussive blow that pushed a lot of people back. I could see runners falling in front of me,” said Dave Abel, a reporter for The Boston Globe who was about 10 feet from one of the explosions.

“When the smoke started to clear, I could see lots of bodies,” he said. “I could see one woman staring vacantly into the sky. I could see a lot of mangled limbs, a lot of blood and shattered glass. It was probably the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen.”

Larissa Brinkley, who came from Pennsylvania to run the race, said people dropped everything and ran the opposite way. Other witnesses described what at first sounded like a cannon blast or fireworks.

“Then it went off again. And then all of a sudden we heard people crying and running away,” said Serghino Rene, who was a few blocks away. “It was a huge horde of people just running away.”


The FBI took control of the investigation through its multiagency Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis confirms that there is no suspect at Brigham and Women's Hospital as previously reported and promises they will 'turn every rock over to find the people who are responsible' for deadly blast at Boston Marathon.

"It is a criminal investigation that is a potential terrorist investigation," said FBI special agent in charge Richard DesLauriers.

As he announced the death toll had risen to three, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said authorities "will turn every rock over" to find out who is responsible.

"There is no suspect," he said. "There are people we are talking to."

Earlier, federal officials told NBC News that Boston police were guarding a “possible suspect” who had been wounded in the blasts, but they cautioned that there was no information at the federal level to consider that person a suspect.

A third, undetonated device was found near the finish line, a House Homeland Security Committee official and three law enforcement officials told NBC News. Authorities also reported an explosion at the John F. Kennedy presidential library, elsewhere in the city, more than an hour after the blasts, but police said that it appeared to be caused by a fire. The police commissioner urged people to stay inside.

Law enforcement officials later revealed that each of two confirmed explosives contained BBs or ball bearings, which functioned as shrapnel in the bombs.

In addition, police issued be-on-the-lookout alerts: one for a man seen leaving the blast scene in dark clothing and a hood and another for a rental truck seen attempting to enter then area near the finish line.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said the city of Boston would be open Tuesday but warned, "It will not be business as usual." He said security would be tight and Bostonians should remain vigilant.

"We're gonna get through this," Patrick said.

Hospitals reported that at least two children were among the injured. Dr. Alisdair Conn, chief of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, characterized the wounds as something Americans are more accustomed to seeing on the news from a military-style bombing in Iraq or Israel.

Source: NBC News, Boston Globe, Boston Athletic Association

“We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts, but make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this,” Obama said from the White House several hours after the blasts. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

He pledged the full help of the federal government and said: “The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight.”

Suspicious packages were found after the blasts at three Boston subway stops, and authorities were investigating. New York police deployed extra security to landmarks, Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was closed to foot traffic, and the Pentagon tightened security. Federal authorities briefly grounded flights at the Boston airport as a precaution.

The race is a signature event in Boston and has been run since 1897 on Patriots Day, the third Monday in April. Tens of thousands of spectators turn out each year to watch.

Race organizers said that almost 27,000 runners competed, representing 96 countries. The winners were Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia for the men and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya for the women. A special marker at the 26th mile of the course, yards from the finish, had been set up to honor the 26 dead in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting last December.

The elite men began running at 10 a.m., and the explosions were reported just before 3 p.m. The winners had long ago completed the race — Desisa finished with a time of just over 2 hours, 10 minutes — but the explosions came as masses of other runners were approaching the finish. NBC affiliate WHDH said that storefront windows nearby were blown out.

“Right now I’m in my condo with about 50-60 people I picked up off the street including marathon runners. Setting up a camp,” Corey Griffin told NBC News. “They have nowhere to go because everything is shut down. Officials said to get inside. This is crazy.”

Evan Kohlmann, a terrorism analyst for NBC News, said that authorities would probably examine residue from the blasts to determine their type.

Adding that it was premature to identify a culprit, he said: “If this was a deliberate act, unfortunately it certainly would reflect something that we’re seeing. There’s an emphasis on these soft-targeted attacks now. We’re moving away from the spectacular attacks and we’re moving into the small-grade, homegrown attacks.”

Will Ritter, spokesman for Massachusetts Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, who was running the race, told NBC News that he heard what sounded like two explosions and saw smoke rising near the Boston Public Library. He said that he saw three fire engines and police running to the site.

“We heard two really large explosions in rapid succession, about a second apart from each other,” Ritter said. “Everybody kind of ducked and hit the ground.”

The AP reported that runners and race organizers were crying as they fled the scene, and that bloody spectators were carried to medical tents intended for exhausted runners. Runners who were still on the 26.2-mile course were being stopped and directed elsewhere, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said. The agency suggested that people trying to reach loved ones use text messaging because of crowded phone lines.

Authorities gave a phone number for people in search of loved ones — 617-635-4520. They encouraged people with information about the blasts to call 1-800-494-TIPS.

NBC News' Tracy Connor and Jeff Black contributed to this report. Reuters also contributed to this report.













This story was originally published on Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:05 PM EDT