Patricia E. Ramirez Vera

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TWO LOVERS -ONE WORLD – 

This is a story in honor of my grandfather. It tells how he met my grandmother and how he got her attention. This story doesn’t only honor my grandfather it has a lesson too. Two Lovers, One world is more than a love story. It is a story of how much one person can accomplish and how much they are willing to sacrifice for the one they love.

I used a site called Voicethread to create a multimedia slide show with photographs and recorded narration. At first, I wasn’t that thrilled using this site, because if the Internet failed, I could could not finish the work. I took several pictures of my grandparents and uploaded it to voice thread along with an explanation of each one.  I used a friend as a narrator. I spent around five hours trying to do the work, because every time the narrator started to tell the story he would laugh or pronounce some words wrong and because of that we had to start again. After few hours when we were almost at the end my friend pushed the wrong button and we lost all the work. Then I had to start over.  It was very stressful trying to compose the work, but at the end it was worth it.

This project was a great experience for me. At first I didn’t have any idea of what story I was going to use until it came to me I should write about my grandparents. I was thrilled about doing it, but I wasn’t sure if my grandmother felt the same way. I didn’t know how to ask her if I could have some old photos of her and my grandfather and if she could tell me their love story. I thought she would get uncomfortable, but I was wrong. She was very happy and enthusiastic about it. She started looking for old photos; we spent a week in her room looking for the best photos. Then it came the hard part, writing the story. We were sitting in the dining room where she told me everything, from the first day they met until the last day together. As she talked I tried to catch every detail without interrupting her. I started with one theme, remembering who my grandfather was and what what type of man he was and how he treated my grandmother. But I did more than that. I revived years of love and beautiful memories.  Thanks to that love  – my grandmother is still alive. He might have died, but their love did not. At the end, I learned that love isn’t only about looks it is about respect, communication, trust and feelings. Also I learned to appreciate the little things in life and that happy memories are a big part of us, they will keep us alive even when we think it is the end.

Patricia E. Ramirez Vera is a student of the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. She is in her second year doing a major in civil engineering. She is from San German and her dream is to become an ecological designer.

 

3 Comments

  1. It never seizes to amaze me how different things were 50 years ago. I think your story really captured the essence of that time; your grandfather wooing your grandmother, him having to ask your great grandfather for his daughter’s hand, the secret marriage. It all makes for a very romantic and charming love story. I really liked how you used the pictures to narrate the story, and you and your grandma did an excellent job choosing the perfect photos for each part of the story. I think that your work could be even better if you added a little bit of background music. Thank you for this wonderful journey to the past 🙂

  2. I decided to choose you story because it was interesting that you mention at the beginning that you were going to honor your grandfather and that it also has a lesson. How they stay together and get married even when close people didn’t want to, can make me imagine how much they love each other. In our days is weird to hear love stories like this one in which people fight for love and stay together for a long time. My grandparents are one of the most important people in my life and after seeing your story I got interested in knowing their love story too. Maybe I should ask them, it can be a great one too.

  3. WOW. This is a great story. The facts that they had love at first sight and got married secretly amaze me the most. This story is much similar to the love story of my grandparents. They got together at the age of 12. For my grandmother, my grandfather was her first and one true love. I always think that love in that time was more sacred and sincere than love nowadays is. Your grandmother is very strong, because of all that she went through with your grandfather, after his death, she stood up firm. Love is a great and pure feeling. Having a soul mate like your grandparents had is a blessing.

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