Now you see it, now you don’t / Ahora lo ves, ahora no

Life is nothing but a seemingly never ending sequence of farewells and welcomes. Just like a phenomenal magic trick. Now you see a person, now you don’t.


Looking up with a cell phone in hand, El Segundo beach, near LAX airport, Los Angeles (2016)

(English version follows below) Un adios (temporal?) al esposo en la mañana. Un encuentro trivial con el colega de trabajo. Otro más en la oficina se retira y los compañeros le auguran felicidad en los años dorados. Recibes contento en el aeropuerto a esa hermana del alma que hace siglos que no ves, esta tarde soleada.  Despedimos al hijo que va a estudiar a una universidad ubicada en el trasero del mundo. Un viejo amigo de la infancia se manifiesta en Facebook. Una prima da a luz a una hermosa bebé. Un tío muy querido deja de existir y ahora qué?  Fulanito de tal, trabajador ejemplar él, renunció a su trabajo hoy y se muda de ciudad, se muda de Estado, se muda de país con su familia. Lloramos el amor disuelto, ese que era para toda la vida y encontramos otro amor, ahora sí!, hasta que la muerte nos separe, dizque. Mañana, vamos al aeropuerto de Maiquetía, porque emigramos a España!  La vida, queridos amigos, es una sucesión interminable de encuentros y despedidas. Ahora lo ves, ahora no lo ves!*



I am siting right between my parents, my uncle René by my side, my cousin Tino (standing) and my aunt Denise first from right to left… getting ready to welcome international family visitors at Maiquetía Airport (early 1960’s, author unknown).

“See you later”, you say to your wife when she leaves for work this morning. You have a casual conversation with your office co-worker whom you met during coffee break. Yet another guy is retiring and his co-workers are wishing him the best during the golden years. You go to the airport to welcome your dear sister, whom you have not seen in years, this sunny afternoon.  You bid farewell to that son who is starting college and goes to live in a town in the end of the world. An old high school pal says “hi” in Facebook. Hey, your cousin just gave birth to a beautiful baby-girl, you’ve got to see her!  A beloved uncle passed away and now what? This guy, a hard working guy, just quits his job today and he moves with his family to another city, another state, another country. You cry over the love of your life, which is not the love of your life anymore and then, this time around, you find the love of your life, but will it be?. Tomorrow, we are heading to the airport, because we are moving to Spain, yes, sir!  Life, dear friends, is nothing but a seemingly never ending sequence of comings and goings. Now you see it, now you don’t!*

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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