|Posted by Val Fox on April 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM|
The first time I saw her was on the first day of a new job. She was beautiful. Long, silvery blonde hair, dazzling smile. But she sure did ask a lot of questions. Feeling uncomfortable, I was reserved, and quickly decided she was a bit of a bubble-headed, nosy, small-town girl who'd probably have ten kids by the time she was 30. The community had been settled by members of the LDS church a long time ago and many have large families.
Her name was Xiomara, sounding like Zee-o-mara. She told me it was a spanish name, although she appeared as white as the fresh snow falling outside. Over several months I got to know this young woman and realized my first impressions of her were just that - impressions based on all the dumb blonde jokes I'd heard over the years, impressions of some of the small-town gossips and so forth. The truth was entirely different.
Xiomara was the kindest, most thoughtful person I'd met in a long time. She treated every customer like they were the most important person in the world. It never mattered what color they were, how they dressed, what weight they were. That girl emulated the kind of love for her fellow man that we dream of. I felt ashamed of my initial judgement and was again reminded that a peaceful walk means ALL the time, not just when it's convenient or the most popular thing at the time. Xiomara went from being someone I did not trust to being an inspiration, and I will never forget her.
I recently read a book titled The five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. The story follows a person who has died and meets five different people on his journey to the next world. They turn out to be people who this person had met somewhere along their life journey. With each new visitor the main character learns that he/she had a significant effect on the lives of these visitors during their lifetime - but never knew it. Xiomara is like that.
Xiomara was like the younger sister I never had. And she taught me about true love for others, and about how wrong we can be about someone we don't know yet. Thank you dearest. Hope you are still spreading your magic around somewhere. The world needs more angels like you.
Today's blog examined the letter X as part of the 2012 A to Z blog Challenge. Just two more to go before we're fiinished and another project begins. Hope you'll all come again soon. The rest of this website has photos, videos and is growing all the time. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you. Bye for now. Tomorrow's letter will be "Y."
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