The Visit...a Love So Fine...
Even through the struggles of life, their love has been eternal ... we should all be so lucky!
Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Whew! …just lettin' my heart slow down a little…
Published on LatinoLA: March 7, 2013
..that's the beautiful feeling I get whenever I am emotionally touched, impressed, and moved by an artistic portrayal of our people…BROWN people!
If you all remember, I was moved to tears & heartbreak back in 2006 when the most beautiful Lady in my life, my Mother, left this world to sit in heaven and wait for us to join her. From 1993 until her passing, I played TIERRA's classic musical homage to Mothers around the World, "A place Called Home", for my Mom every year on Mother's Day and on her birthday. ( KNOW they wrote it for MY MOM, I used to joke…)
Read it here: A Lady Leaves the Room...
I was moved to write that piece that motivated condolences from so many people from so many places…thank you all! The artistic & bittersweet theme touched so many people…who gave it back to me in diamonds & spades ! …and it was a glorious moment to be a BROWN man, even in my deepest grief…
Now…I'm touched like that again for some very good friends of mine.
I was contacted recently by the wife of Chicano Music legend RUDY SALAS of TIERRA fame, to share an important piece of life. JoAnna Salas sent me a beautiful message about a beautiful video of love about her father- & mother-in-law, parents of the famed Salas brothers from East L.A., Rudy and Steve, and she wished to share it.
My Lady and I watched it…almost got tearful ( lump in our throats, tu sabes)…and said to each other, "WOW!...that was beautiful!".
You can watch it yourself by clicking on this link.
In it, both Salas parents, who are elderly, frail, and infirm, are brought together by family members at the hospital bedside of Mama Salas…at the start of the video, a black & white picture of a young handsome Latino couple 65 years ago is shown…
..in the background, the hauntingly beautiful ballads Rudy & Steve Salas are known for, play softly.
The love seen in the video between the two elderly Salas's is obvious, touching, and emotional, as Mr. Rudy Salas Sr. smiles at his Lady Margaret, whom he hasn't seen in four months.
As he smiles, he softly takes her hand and kisses it, while gently caressing her hair & face…he suffers from Dementia…but he doesn't forget HIS Lady!
Mrs. Salas's eyes light up, and remain locked on her man, as he smiles affectionately and kisses her hand again. She softly tells him "I love you…" . She is suffering from terminal cancer…but she doesn't forget HER man!
…and BAMM! The lump in the throat comes back!
A thousand words probably couldn't describe the love and lifetime shared by this couple, who lock eyes in an unspoken eternal bond of love that many of us could only pray we could ever experience in a lifetime…
…coming from a generation of unspeakable hardships & unforgivable deeds committed against BROWN people of their time, their smiles and romantic eye contact belie any sense of regret over their lifetime, and I find myself touched, and wishing my parents could have had such a beautiful last reunion before they meet again in heaven…and once again, I am committed to being a good man to my woman, so I can someday share this kind of moment when my time comes…
…and I am again grateful that Chicano families de Aztlan live, share, promote, and even pass on into Heaven with a sense of familia and love…and as a Chicano... I have experienced that, despite the hardships & heartbreaks of life.
My thanks to JoAnna Salas for sharing this precious piece of life & love, and the Salas family, for allowing me to tell the World about it.
…we should ALL live so fine
Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone, the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, and the Voice of Aztlan hreard daily on www.eastLArevue.com
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