By A. Jonathan Mejía
If you want to have even the slightest idea of what Judgment Day will be like, you have to go to an American Consulate to apply for a visa. The waiting room has a crowd with sweaty palms and a look on their faces as if pondering the question: “What if I get condemned?”
This is the equivalent of hearing: “Your visa was not approved.”
And those who are approved for their visas walk out as if they have been granted a pass to Santa’s Store to get all they can fit into the back of an eighteen wheeler - for free.
My wife and I were part of that crowd.
Christmas was coming and my wife wanted to spend that special time with her daughters and her son in law, and truth be told so did I. Obviously, you already guessed it: they live in the North and we live in the South. The difference between the two is akin to the difference between Glory and Hell: “the land of the free” and the land of the “I-wish-I-could-go-there” or a country with a dream and a nation with a nightmare. What would you choose?
My wife standing next to me missed the whole thing but saw me walking through the crowd with that goofy look on my face. Yes, I know, I couldn’t play it cool - I am after all only human. Then she asked me the defining question: “Does this mean we get to spend Christmas with our children?”
The answer – a resounding yes – made for a wonderful holiday celebration.
Even so, my heart went out to those who did not make it and walked away in tears. They reminded me that I need to keep praying for a better world, the world to come, the world that has been promised to us, the world that will have no Rio Grande in its geography and no sun in the sky: The Land of the Redeemed.
©A. Jonathan Mejía
San José, Costa Rica
el Intérprete Online – November-December, 2011