October 05, 2005
Lending a hand
Tucson John sends this touching story and photo.
You know how I have felt about illegal Mexican immigrants in this country: I've felt sorry for them for years and I wanted to help them in anyway I could. Foolishly, I never really took the time nor the trouble to investigate the circumstances of their lives and conditions that caused them to emigrate from their native land, or to understand the reasons why they risked great dangers to come here.
But that changed six months ago when I met the surviving members of the Lopez family, all seven of whom are pictured below in a photograph taken the first night I met them. Once I heard the tragic story of how they were orphaned by a mudslide in Mexico that left them with little more than the sombreros on their heads, my heart melted and I could not help but reach out to embrace them, to hold them close to me and give them the shirt off my back.
Accordingly, in defiance of United States immigration policies I have taken them into my home and given them a semblance of the family they tragically lost. While that action has been tremendously gratifying, it has not come without significant personal hardship and sacrifice. The cost of providing for the needs of seven new family members has been substantial. Additionally, my wife could not accept my desire to provide these orphans with the aid and comfort they so desperately needed, so she decided to leave me. She will be missed, but my friends - bless their honorable and steadfast hearts - have decided to pitch in and aid me in looking after our new extended family.
Remember: We are a nation of immigrants and we must not close the door just because we are fortunate enough to be already inside. So that they may feel as much at home as possible, I have insisted that they dress every day just as when they arrived. Their native costumes are wonderful!
Posted by joke du jour at October 5, 2005 06:22 PM
Quit holdin' back on the bigger pic. How are we supposed to recognize these needy folks if they knock on our door?
Posted by: codewritinfool at October 5, 2005 10:54 PM
CodeWritinFool makes a good point, so a public service here's a link to a larger image.
Posted by: JdJ at October 6, 2005 07:04 PM