Mariachi Love story continues

Mariachi Love story continues
Santa and Ruben Vazquez

When my mom turned 60, she met her true love. He's was in the mariachi band we hired to play for her birthday party.

Santa and Ruben have been together now 15 years. My mom just turned 75 on Sunday and Ruben is now 81.

I wrote a story about their Mariachi Love  and recorded a radio essay for WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight program a few years ago.

This Valentine's Day I want to honor my mom and Ruben and also ask you to keep them in your prayers. Ruben is undergoing prostate surgery today in San Antonio.

I know you may have other romantic ideas on your mind today. But please ask the man in your life to have a prostate exam.

I expect Ruben will recover just fine and to have many more years with my mom. They have taught me many lessons and to never give up hope of finding love.

I also now have my own love story to share. I got married on 11-11-11 on Writer's Walk in Central Park in New York.

I hope you are able to share this special day with a lover, a partner, a child or a friend. Happy Valentine's Day.


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  • It's a small world, Teresa. We're all keeping my uncle in our prayers.

  • In reply to Ray Salazar:

    It is. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Talk soon, T

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