RIP Abuelo Tongo

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RIP Abuelo TongoEven a year later, it’s hard to think that you’re gone. There will be no more opportunities to learn more about each other, no more chances to create memories together, and no more moments that we’ll share. There’s no more time to think about what could’ve been. What’s done is done and all I can do now is appreciate the time I did have with you. I can only hold on to what I did learn from you and the stories about you that I will one day tell my children. I’ll always remember the positives you brought to my life and be happy for those positives. Despite what many claim, you did bring a lot of that into my life and that of my family, which I will forever be grateful for. Because of you, I am a Ramirez and I’ll always be a piece of you. Espero que estes gosando con tu querida familia en el cielo y velando a tus queridos en la tierra, pero sobre todo te deseo mucha paz.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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