By: Héctor L. Rosario Pacheco
José Rodríguez, his mother Julia Cartagena, sister Denisse Rodríguez and husband Jason with their three children having some smoothies at Don Frape in Mayagüez. Denisse had proposed to go shopping at the Mayagüez Mall and then go to Don Frape to see if the smoothies were as good as everyone says. Even though they all live together in the same house, it’s rare that they can go out like a family.
Elith Rivera, her son Roberto Toro and daughters Yanely Toro and Yadeli Toro enjoying a field day on a sunny weekend at La Guancha in Ponce. Elith had planned this trip for quite some time; she wanted to spend quality time with her children in the long weekend. Elith says: “Since I got divorced and share the custody of my children for over a year I try to take them on trips like these on long weekends or on vacations to strengthen our bond as a family.”
Vicente Rosario and Luisa Rosario taking care of their bed-bound mother Gloria Rivera at her house. Gloria is 97 years old and her children planned the way they would take care of her when she reached this age and couldn’t do things by herself. Vicente said: “My sister and me never got married, we didn’t have any children, so we’ve dedicated our lives to taking care of our mother since she’s the only family we have left.”
Nilda Nazario and her sister Yudith Nazario keeping each other company in the kitchen of their home. Nilda is a widow, who took care of her mother until she died and then lived with her sister Yudith. They have always been really close and at the present Nilda helps take care of Yudith’s grandsons.
Juan Aleman, his wife Edna Pacheco and their children Diego, Juan Manuel and Enrique sharing as a family on mother’s day at their house in Ponce. When their children were little they used to live in Peñuelas but moved to Ponce in search for a better home. Today all of their children are adults who study and work but they all live in the same house.
German Acevedo, his wife Migdalia Quiñones and their daughter Mary Acevedo in the garage of their home. Mary planned coming from San Juan to Ponce to visit her mom and celebrate Mother’s Day with her. Mary is their only daughter so she always tries to visit her parents but it is difficult for her because her job demands that she moves constantly.
Sandy Toucet, his wife Yolanda Pacheco and their children Derek and Ariann going out to visit Yolanda’s sister in Ponce. But before they got to the house they went to the church so Derek could get his first communion and to celebrate Ariann’s birthday afterwards. Yolanda said: “I was so happy when I saw my son having the first communion, how my children have both grown without me noticing and how my family shared my excitement.”
Jenny Moreno, 70, and her cousin María Lugo, 60, playing with their pet dog Derek in the yard of their house. They both worked together at The State Insurance Fond and retired to live together since they never had children and share a passion for animals. María takes care of Jenny since she has arthritis and can’t take care of herself as she used to.
Nahir Pacheco and her husband Roberto Figueroa in the garden of their house at Guayanilla. They met when Nahir was taking care of their parents who had cancer and married after thay had passed away. Nahir said: “We always wanted to have children, but I couldn’t because of my age. We tried to adopt one, but after spending some time with us his biological mother wanted him back and that left us heartbroken since we grew found of him. Since then we never tried to adopt again.”
Roberto de Leon, his wife Maria Rosado and their children Lynnelle and Francisco visiting their grandparent’s house. There they celebrated the birth of their new family member Francisco Daniel. Roberto said: “Lynnelle is not my biological daughter, but she is my little girl and I will love her just as I love my son Francisco Daniel.”