If you haven’t read Louisiana Part I, that piece details the events surrounding an incident in which myself, my ex-wife, and our unborn child were nearly involved in a terrible car accident.
Part II is darker. This will be the first time I’ve told this story anywhere or to anyone. Only my first wife knows about this event. Since it’s been 30 years, she has probably forgotten what I told her that day in Louisiana.
During both of my marriages, and on many occasions, I startled my wife. My second wife was from Mexico City. During that marriage, I had lost track of how many times she called me [Brujo], the Spanish word for a male witch. I’m not a witch, but there are things about me that can easily be confused with one craft or another. Such is my life.
The number one reason my wife and I used to visit Louisiana was to spend time with family. Her father’s people were from there. I was close to my father-in-law, and I became close to his family as well. They are good people.
Just before leaving town, my wife and I stopped to say goodbye to her grandma and grandpa. I can still see her grandfather standing in the front yard as we prepared to get back into our rental car.
As I looked at her grandfather, something happened. It was at that moment that I could see the sad truth. Neither of us would ever see that kind man again. I could see that he was going to pass away very soon.
That was the first time I had ever experienced such an event. I cannot begin to tell you how difficult it was to know such a thing. I didn’t tell my wife about it until a couple of months later, after her grandfather passed away. How do you tell someone something so profound?
The hardest part of seeing the truth was the connection between us. I could see that her grandfather knew what was coming. I could see that he knew that I could see what was coming. That moment between us was quite disturbing. I will never forget that instant connection.
I don’t know how many people experience such things. I have no idea what the percentages are, or if things like this happen to a lot of people. I sure hope not.
August 4, 2020