A beautiful and important step
July 12, 2011 - Peru
Purple, white and blue were the colors of the last celebration in NPH Peru. The house was unrecognizable–the dining room dressed in full regalia as two children turned eighteen and became gentlemen, and three quinceañeras were absolutely gorgeous.
One month ago we started the preparation to celebrate the quinceañeras. All the workers had a job and the girls started to measure their dresses. Saturday morning was the time to clean and decorate every corner of the house. As time passed, the nervousness was palpable. While Anita, Adela and Yoshelin did their hair, Franklin and Alcidez tied their neckties and the rest of us got ready for the night.
Quinceañeras and eighteen year old boys
The quinceañeras attended the mass in Lunahuaná with their partners. The church was decorated with small flowers and a boys' choir sang beautiful melodies. It was a special mass dedicated to them and the priest blessed five gold chains which will protect our children. After the mass, the entire house reunited in a corridor to watch as the honorees went down the stairs, “Imagine that I step on the dress and I fall, I will be so ashamed,” said a nervous Yoshelin. Luckily they descended remarkably elegantly and then prepared for the presentation in the dining room.
“I feel very blessed by God and Padre Wasson for being here with my brothers, they give me the chance to have a future and I won’t miss this opportunity,” explained Franklin in his toast. The children expressed their feelings in their speeches; even Alfredo, our national director was full of flattery as showed how proud he is of them. Although the girls were shaking and nervous when the waltz started, they moved with the music and their dresses moved like waves.
Pork roast, rice, mashed potatoes, onion and a salad with carrots, apples and pineapple were the ingredients for a delicious dinner where no plate had leftovers. The girls had been holding little bouquets all night, but after dinner was the time to throw them to the boys; “Don’t push!” screamed the boys who were behind Anita before she threw hers. The boys with the faster hands had the luck to dance with the quinceañeras.
Suddenly the music changed, a rain of confetti flooded the dining room and three clowns appeared dancing. It was time for the crazy hour! The clowns riled up the children, did a conga line and didn’t allow anyone to sit again. Then we danced with the DJ until 2am in the morning and tasted a delicious cake. “I’m so exhausted but it was very fun,” declared Elvis, “I danced all night.”
It was an unforgettable night and we congratulate the quinceañeras and the eighteen year old boys–they grown up every day and we are sure that they will become wonderful people. Thanks to all the people who made this celebration possible.