++ Guest Contribution – Emiro’s story is a truly special one and shall be revealed in this article. Together with him we tell the story of a returning child. ++
I really sorry for this late reaction. It’s very busy at my work.
How is life in Colombia?
still good?…I missing it……
below a short story about me.
Hope we speak each other soon…
Regards Emiro and Jolanda
Working in South America my duties as tourism itinerary developer (among others) for a mid-size company with department in Colombia is to pick up visitors from the Bogotá Airport. This is how I met the mid-forty aged couple Jolanda and Emiro.
Emiro’s story is a truly special one and shall be revealed in this article. Together with him we tell the story of a returning child.
Because Emiro is born in Colombia. He doesn’t speak Spanish at all. He grew up with his brother in three orphanages scattered across the country. Until today he does not know who their parents are. So what I felt was a journey through time and emotions long hidden by the all too far distance and time. After forty years he would start here, with his wife, at the airport and with our encounter. The highlight is the visit of the orphanage here in Bogotá, to win new insights.
I lead them directly to their hotel in the city center and we went for a short walk afterwards. Suddenly he would recognize streets und when the music played across the streets and the smells reached his nose he began to dive into his own past.
Later, Emiro sent me this little text about the visit and his life which I want to share.
“Here the story of my life. I was born in Bogota in 1967 and I lived in two or three casas de ninos. The casa I remember the most is casa in Bogota we did visited. From here I was adopted the first time, I was 7 years old, with my little brother, by American people, but because we didn’t listened to them so they brought us back to the casa. I can’t remember that. After that time we were adopted by Dutch people, my mother and father and we went to Bonaire. There we lived for one year. On Bonaire we learned the Dutch language and went to school. After that year we went to the Netherlands and there we still living. All the time I was sure to visit Colombia again, not for looking to my roots but to see where I lived.
So we (my wife and I) went to Colombia in September, exactly 40 years later, and we bring a visit at the casa. That was surprising, some things I remembered, the garden, the bedroom. When we looked in the book with the official documents we saw that I was for 4 months there, but I thought it where 4 years! That was very surprising! Before I lived in a Casa in San Gil and there I was born, how strange was that to read!
That means that we have to go to San Gil (we don’t know when) because now I’ am curious to the city where I was born. Maybe this story will be continued later……..”
In the meantime their daughter got accepted to study in Medellín. So Jolanda and Emiro will be back in 2015 to visit her and San Gil and to revive a new episode from the past. I am curious about new insights…
Text in italic by Emiro, Photos by Emiro and Jolanda, Blog: http://blog.jomiro.nl/?p=4