Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sea Fuerte, Buena Suerte

Today, I spent a good deal of time talking with our weekend cleaning contractors, Cesar and Maria, about the post-Trump era. This is the last day of our tourist season, so I will probably not see them until the Spring. I told them that there were 'anglos' who still support their latino friends and neighbors, and will defend them if things take a turn for the worse. Cesar is Peruvian by birth, so he remembers the Fujimori regime, with its corruption and civil rights abuses. We commiserated a bit about a society which would put a ladrón in the seat of power. I tried to reassure Maria that Trump was lazy and mendacious, so he probably wouldn't follow up on many of his campaign promises. I also told her somos juntos, that New Yorkers will stand with their immigrant friends.

When Maria's husband came with their children to pick her up, I bid farewell to this family that I have come to be very fond of, and told them 'Buena suerte, sea fuerte. Somos juntos. No olvidaremos nuestros amigos inmigrantes.' Good luck, be strong. We are united. We will not forget our immigrant friends. When it came time for Cesar to leave, I bid him the same. I told them both that they knew where to find me if they ran into any problems. In a time of uncertainty, we have to stick together. I know a lot of people are sad. That's not my nature, I'm motivated.

4 comments:

Nasreen Iqbal said...

Well, this sort of gives me hope.

You sound like you're on the verge of running an underground railroad, which maybe I should not have actually put into type.

The upside is that many of the groups of people Trump tends to dislike have beards which totally messes with the facial recognition scanner technology.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

You'd fit right in here in New York.

Another Kiwi said...

Also Mr BBBB is a wonderful person

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Thanks, AK. I live in a neighborhood with a high immigrant population. In 2006, John Fucking McCain spoke at a local church about the need for immigration reform before reneging on everything in 2008. There were people from all over packing the auditorium of St Barnabas Church on the Yonkers/Bronx border. I will stand with my immigrant friends.