When I was asked to write about my Mom, I wanted to write about her accomplishments, as the founder of “Alejandrito Corazon” a nonprofit that she and my dad started two months after losing her second son, Alejandro, my brother, back in 1990.
I can hardly remember those days, I was 8 years old, but I know what it is like having a fear that life changing in front of you, fast. My parents crumbled, everything was different after that day, my house, my city, my school, my friends, my family… I was different too.
Now, 20 years after I can see how the courage and bravery emerged from my Mom, and she embarked on a new endeavor, unknown of course, because she had never worked before in the social sector, helping children with heart disease, helping other mothers, like her…
Her strength has been a life example for me, something that I honestly believe all women should have. The capacity to overcome our problems and imagine that the best is yet to come, even if we have lost the most valuable people in life or lost our way. This was always her example to me.
Whenever I think about the effort that she had to make, day after day, to get up and reinvent herself, her mission, I become more convinced that independence is a principle that we have to decide, consciously, but not only about our jobs or finances, but about everything that allow us to enjoy life.
Nowadays, I am working in SMRC because I finally understood that my passion is to serve the community and give something back. However, I know that the first person who taught me to think about others, to help, and to see potential in every opportunity no matter how insignificant it may seem, was my mom, Clarita.
Today, I only want to express my gratefulness to her for raising me with all her love.