I was blessed to have two extraordinary grandmothers. One, 4 foot 8, fiery, optimistic and full of faith, she immigrated from Columbia to New Orleans with 3 young children at the age of 25. The other had 10 children by the age of 30, yet somehow managed to become a successful lobbyist in Washington, DC, and a great political leader in Louisiana, running several campaigns, becoming President of the New Orleans school board, and eventually earning an honorary Doctorate from Loyola University (alongside Harry Connick Jr. I might add). Both of my grandmothers were always hard-working, charitable, sunny and bright (despite life's hardships), and especially valiant.
I was standing in the train station with 4 other college students as our train pulled up. I looked around to see if we were all there. "Hey, wait, where's Luis??" One of the girls asked, a bit frantically. We had only a few minutes to board our train before it would take off again and to our knowledge this was the last train of the day heading to our much anticipated destination; Lourdes, France.