Love, loss and remembrance 

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Life has a way of shaking things up and really turning it upside down. When I first shot this post it was with the intention of writing about the upcoming summer days, midi fashion and my cute doggie Anakin. Meet Anakin ladies!

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Unfortunately, that evening, Mother’s Day, my husband and I received saddening news that his grandmother was rushed to ICU and was not doing well. For the next four days we visited, prayed and listened to all the loving stories shared by family who traveled far to sit by her side. Last Thursday, Enedina M. Jimenez de Hernandez, mother to 15, grandmother to 40, joined her beloved husband up in heaven.

The memories shared by those who knew and loved her made me feel honored to be a part of this amazing family.  But it also left me in some form mourning not only her loss, but the loss of so many that have made an impact in my life.

People like my uncle Johnny, who imparted on me the power and importance of education. Who traveled from Puerto Rico to visit me at college. Who I could talk with for hours about politics, business, law or just about anything. Whose laughter I still search for at family gatherings.

 

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I also couldn’t help to think about how much I missed my own grandmothers. Two very different women who helped mold me into the woman I am today. Abuela Cirila, whose heart of gold shined in everything she took on. Who showed me that no matter, what you always help a fellow neighbor and that love is something you share with the world. And my Abuelita Consuelo, who left me too soon and too fast.  Whose love for the ocean I absolutely inherited and who showed me that life is too short not to smile.

 

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So today on Suits, Heels and Curves, I wanted to take a moment to just think back, remember and celebrate the amazing people who have made and impact on our lives. It is our duty to build a legacy people will admire and rejoice long after you are gone. So reach out to your fellow neighbor, share a smile with a stranger and allow yourself to laugh uncontrollably, because you never know whose life you might change along the way.

 

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