OK, January 2011 is over. Not a milestone year, so far. On the other hand, I remember some milestones during January worth mentioning.
January 2, 1990 - The first time I saw snow. My parents took us to a “skiing” trip to Lake Placid, NY. Our skiing experience was limited to the kiddie ski school, but we had a blast with the new experience.
January 6 (during childhood) - is the Three Kings Day. Best gifts of the Christmas season (thanks to clearance sales and the Blue Light Special). Family gatherings, great memories. One of my most beloved gifts: in 1975 we received El Mundo de los Niños encyclopedia. (Yes, I’m a nerd, so what?). It is the Spanish version of the Childcraft encyclopedia. I read each volume over and over a million times…
January 16, 1974 - my only brother Juan G., Jr was born. I already had a sister, and Junior’s birth was a great wonderful surprise. I don’t remember it the moment, but there’s film of the first time I saw my brother when my mom and him were released. I approach him, and after a good look, I started running like a maniac dancing and jumping of joy.
January 17, 1983 - a very famous Puerto Rican TV host was horribly assassinated. Mr. Luis Vigoreaux was a TV icon (actor, producer and presenter) and his sudden death left a mark on the people. The investigation revealed that his assassination was planned by his wive, famous actress Lydia Echevarria, who ordered his murder to out of jealousy, since they were in the middle of a divorce. Story perfect for a Hollywood movie.
January 22, 1971 - My granddad Papá Segundo died. He had suffered from prostate cancer for almost a year. Although I was almost a baby, I remember him. Worse, I remember being scared of him (he looked very sick at the end). He adored me because I was his first female grandchild.
January 28, 1986 - The tragedy of the Challenger. I remember the moment my mom pick us at school and she told us the bad news: the Challenger exploded on the air after lift off. As a person who has always dreamed about being an astronaut, the impact was as huge as the explosion shock wave.