Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Humans of Downey - Rodolfo


"I can remember when I and my five kids went to Mazatlan, Mexico, to visit their grandmother. My kids were not used to any violent weather. One day while we were there the sky became so black, the rain so heavy, and the lightning so numerous that my kids started crying and I didn't know what to do to help them. I knew we were safe in the house but it was still scary to them.

"Then the lights went out and I had all five kids screaming at me, 'Oh, daddy, I want to go back home. I don't want to stay here.' I said, 'Don't worry, nothing is going to happen to us in here.' But for three or four hours they were shaking and crying, it was very difficult for me to bring them, to calm them down. But it was a good experience because after it was over we were all laughing about how we had responded during the storm. Their grandmother tried to explain that everything would be alright, that they got storms like this one all the time.

"They still recall that storm even 20 years later. My youngest was 3 months old at the time and he says he can remember it because everyone has told the story so many times with such vividness."
~ Rodolfo

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