Written 9th of August of 2010

"Rufo came to my house unexpectedly. He came to ask me for money. He told me he was very embarrassed, but that he needed 700 dollars. I wrote him a check and he thanked me and left.

It had been a long time since I had seen Rufo. He was my former wife's uncle, a simple guy born in a small town. He didn't have much of a formal education, but he was smart and had a natural grace. He never cussed, had very good manners and loved opera. He was very young when he married Rafaela, a peasant woman several years older than him. Rafaela was husky, with stevedore arms and a big fat, rosy face. I liked Rufo and Rafaela, and I liked their sons, Rufito and Serafín.