“In twenty minutes I lost what I had been building for forty years. It happened while I was at work. My mother tried to turn on the stove and it caught fire.
“She keeps bringing home animals. I try to tell her that our house is too small for more pets. She keeps saying, ‘Our house is small but our hearts are big.’ She brings them home while I’m working.
“I downsized my life to one large suitcase, and I’ve been traveling non-stop for seven years. Everyone’s happy.
(2/2) “It’s very difficult to talk about adoption on the Internet. No matter what you say, somebody will say the opposite.
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(3/3) “The doctors discovered a tumor on Mom’s spine in 2007. She spent four years being really sick.
(2/3) “One day I found a box of old love letters that my dad had written to my mom. They were romantic letters.
(1/3) “In every sense she was the perfect mom. She always tried to encourage me when I was younger. I was really shy, so she always worried about me being alone.
“The older my daughters get, the more indifferent they become towards me. They don’t call me. They don’t come see me.
“He gets emotional when he drinks. He starts crying every time an animal dies on the nature shows.” “I can’t help it.
“I came out at the age of twenty. I was trying to understand myself. It was a discovery time. I was thin and flexible.
“Our first house was destroyed by an earthquake in 1970. We barely made it out alive. We lost everything.
“The only time my mother spoke to us was when she was drunk. And she’d tell us we were unwanted. She convinced me to drink with her when I was ten.
“My mother was the boss of the whole family. Everyone asked for her opinion on everything. She built this business from the ground up.
“Being a grandfather is quite different. It’s much looser than being a parent. I don’t have to always worry about providing patterns of behavior.
“One night I was talking with my wife about how perfect our life was. It was twenty-five years ago. We had four children.
“I had to leave Venezuela. I’ve lived there my entire life. My parents are buried there. But five months ago I had to leave.
“When my business started doing well, I made the mistake of hiring my friends. Now I have no business and no friends.” (Santiago, Chile)
“He fell in love with me because I used to have a huge ass.” (Santiago, Chile)
“I’m his only daughter. And this is his only grandson.” (Santiago, Chile)