I miss my grandpa

simpson_abuelo1It hit me… one afternoon, a couple of teens were at the store with an old gentleman I soon realized was their grandfather. The kid hugged him and said I loved you. I envied that long-haired teen bastard, but just swallowed my grief. I was envious cause there aren’t that many memories of both of my grandfathers for me: I mean, one of them died just before I turned 8, and I didn’t see him that often. The other died of cancer when I was 17, and I’m pretty sure he confused me for one or several of my cousins during the remaining years of his life. So there, I had no older version of Dad lying around, no cuddly geriatric to call my own. Although I dedicated my second book to my grandparents from Dad’s side, it still doesn’t cut it enough. Grandpa, where are you?



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Guatemalan The Onion reader holds issue really close to face

Renowned onion peeler and starving artist Luis Fernando Alejos holds a recent issue of The Onion really close to his face. He wears prescription eyeglasses, but “theres something about the quality of the ink and paper that just screams for an upclose and personal approach to the reading experience”, he claims.



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Dear Billy (the day my cat died)

I remember the day I adopted both you and your brother (Cucho). My friend Sue was telling me to hold you, in order to pose for the adoption photographs. It was weird for me, ’cause I had never being in contact with cats, and here I was, getting 2 into my life. You were the shy one, back when I lived in my old apartment, but after your second surgery, you became sweeter and more affectionate with me. When the 3 of us moved back to my parents’s home (later, Pishus would join us), just for a few months, you captured my mom’s heart (she never forgot how you still went up to her, when mom and dad visited my new apartment). It was no secret that you were an ill cat, I knew that from the beginning, and I am grateful to have had your love and company for over 4 years. However, dear partner, I sure am gonna miss ya. I know Cucho will miss grooming you, Leia will have one less cat buddy to harrass (Pishus forgave you for the tag team beating you and your brother gave her) . Rest easy sweetheart, you’ll always be here with me.



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3 years and 4 months of cuteness

…wrapped up in my little nephew. I know most of you won’t make out what he’s saying, but he was just practicing for a pre-school assembly. God, this makes me proud.


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She’s Anna Graciela

Her name was a combination of a late grand-grandmother’s first name, and one of her grandma’s first name. She’s 6 lbs. of beauty. Also, I am 132 lbs. of “duff-ness” and pure joy.


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