Tio Silvino died today.
He's my Father-in-Law's older brother and this thread is now about my Father-in-Law's adventures. Here in the United States.
Silvino is to be buried tomorrow as is their tradition. So no chance for a complete family reunion.
Tio Silvino with my wife on the right and her sister on the left
We took that picture last summer knowing that years apart can change a family. A lot. They were a family of ten kids. Now seven. One sister died at seven months, another a few years ago at 57, and now Silvino at 66. Their Mom is still alive and she's not happy about it. She turns 98 - tomorrow.
Both recent family deaths were related to diabetes. What do you do when you don't make any money? You can't afford much protein and the cheap food is sugar, white flour, white bread, and rice - a constant diet of that will kill a diabetic.
It didn't help anything that Silvino spent his earnings on drink and smokes. They amputated both his legs in the last few years and he was in the local state hospital for some other dread ailment when he died.
Both my grandfathers died while I was in Paraguay.
My wife's grandfather died after she came up here to marry me.
Death at a Distance