When I think about my mother and her legacy I think about how courageous my mother has been.
She was born in a humble home, raised mainly by her widowed mother with her seven siblings. She did not have much of an education, because back then going to school was a privileged. She grew up in recession and food and necessities were scarce. Under these circumstances you needed to be brave.
My Mom, had to be courageous at 1 6 years old leaving her family and beloved island to travel alone to New York City to live with her aunt, Minga. Not only was she going to an unfamiliar place but, she also had to learn English on her on her own, and how to travel in a large city. She continued to be courageous and go to work as a seamstress with no schooling. She learned how to sew and became an excellent seamstress, sewing women and men garments, and house hold furnishing (curtains, bed spreads,)
My mother, has always been a caring and giving person. She continued to work and never forgot to provide for others, she always sent back to Puerto Rico, money and gifts to her mother, sisters, nieces and nephews. She also provided the assistance for her family to move to New York City so that they too could do better for themselves. Not only is she caring of people, she also has always appreciated nature. Throughout her life she has been blessed to have a garden. In NYC people will always remember her roses.
My mother continued to be courageous, she married and gave birth to two daughters who she dedicated her life to. She was a wonderful homemaker, providing the necessities to keep her home complete. She was a Landlady, she owned a 3 story home and rented to families. She was their confidant and provided guidance to many of these lives that came to live under her roof.
My mother continued to be courageous she encouraged and supported her husband to open a Spanish restaurant in a neighborhood that was Non- Hispanic. The restaurant was a success and for the men who ate their daily it was their haven, being away from their family who remained in Puerto Rico as they pursued a better life.
My mother continued to be courageous through her life voyage, she followed her belief in Christ and continued to grow in her trust in him. When she moved to Florida she became more committed to lead a total Christian life, learning to put Christ above all things. As a result to this God provided her with a gift.
At 80 years old my mom developed pancreatic cancer, and was told that her days were numbered. Her belief in Christ, and her acceptance of faith resulted in God providing a MIRACLE. Her cancer disappeared and she was a testimony of God’s work. While she attended her cancer treatment my mom would encourage others that were facing the same situation and she never complained or asked for pity.
My mother, has a strong will personality, and this allowed her to accomplish many things. At 77 years old she got her driver’s license, and drove family shopping, one of her favorite pastimes. She know how to find the bargains. She also learned how to surf the computer and go on face book.
Throughout my mother’s life she has touched many lives and counseled many people. She has traveled and seen many things.
I thank God each day for the mother he gave me. She is my hero, and inspiration to keep on going through life.
Agustina Romero also known as Tita and Cuca, was born in Puerto Rico on January 13, 1928. She left her island at 19 years old to go and live with her aunt Dominga and cousin Dolores. She married Miquel Romero and they were able as a couple to make major decisions as buying a home in Brooklyn and owning a restaurant “La Nueva Islita.”
Tita was a strong and independent woman who strived to do better for herself and her family. She was an opinionated woman who counseled many people, with the intention to help them to do better for themselves. She was supportive and very giving of herself in all aspects.
She encouraged her daughters, Sandy and Yolanda to continue in their education to be self- sufficient and she was proud of what they achieved. She loved her son-in law Milton and always praised him for caring for her while she lived at her home and at his home. Giving him kisses to her very last day on earth.
She also loved her grand-children Melissa, Lauren, Michael and Gabriel. Proud of their accomplishments. She loved her great-grand -children Juliana, Julian, Jeshua, Jayla, Nayara and Amaya.
Family was Tita’s main priority, her sister, Ino, and nieces and nephews Maria, Carolyn and Nelson. The loved she shared to them was shown back to her immensely by them.
Her niece Cendy who she always held dear to her heart, and her nieces and nephews from Puerto Rico Hiram, Moises, Raquel, Abigail and Orlando. She felt honored that they always remember to visit her in New York and Florida.
Tita loved God, a faithful Christian that followed God’s commandments to the best of her abilities. God loves her too. He cured her from Pancreatic Cancer at 80 years old. She lived until 91 years old, with a roof over her head, never being hungry, or needing anything. She enjoyed life, traveled and had strength to Garden while living in Florida’s hot weather.
Yes, she did have Dementia towards the last days of her life, but she never stopped loving her family and she did not lose her dignity. We can all learn from Tita’s, life was not in vain. You can follow her examples: Love God, Be strong, help yourself to be better, don’t give up, and love those that surround you because at the end that is all you take with you.
We thank God for allowing her to leave this earth alert, with , no pain, and surrounded by her family’s love: till her last breath on Earth. We love you Tita!
Agustina Romero, también conocida como Tita, y cariñosamente como "Cuca", nació en Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, el 13 de enero de 1928. Dejó su isla a los 16 años para ir a vivir con su tía Dominga y su prima Dolores en la ciudad de Nueva York. Allí, conoció y se casó con Miquel Romero y juntos construyeron una hermosa vida juntos, que incluyo comprar una casa en Brooklyn y tener un restaurante llamado "La Nueva Islita".
Tita era una mujer fuerte e independiente que se esforzó por mejorar su vida y la de su familia. Era una mujer de opinión crítica que aconsejaba a muchas personas, con la intención de ayudarlas a mejorar a sí mismas. Ella fue solidaria y muy generosa en todos los aspectos.
Alentó a sus hijas, Sandy y Yolanda a continuar su educación y ser autosuficientes. Estaba orgullosa de lo que lograron. Ella amaba a su yerno Milton y siempre lo elogió por cuidarla mientras vivía en su casa y en la de él. Ella le dio besos hasta su último día en la tierra.
Tita también amaba a sus nietos Melissa, Lauren, Michael y Gabriel y estaba orgullosa de sus logros. Amaba a sus bisnietos Juliana, Julian, Jeshua, Jayla, Nayara y Amaya.
La familia era la principal prioridad de Tita. Tenía un vínculo especial con su hermana, Ino, y sus sobrinas y sobrinos Maria, Carolyn y Nelson. El amor que ella compartió con ellos le fue devuelto inmensamente por ellos.
Su sobrina Cendy era su querendona, al igual que sus sobrinas y sobrinos de Puerto Rico: Hiram, Moisés, Raquel, Abigail y Orlando. Se sintió honrada de que siempre recordaran visitarla en Nueva York y Florida.
Tita amaba a Dios. Ella era una cristiana fiel que seguía los mandamientos de Dios lo mejor que podía. Dios también la ama. La curó del cáncer de páncreas a los 80 años. Vivió hasta los 91 años, con un techo sobre su cabeza, nunca tuvo hambre ni necesitó nada. Disfrutaba de la vida, viajaba y tenía fuerzas para cultivar un huerto mientras vivía en el clima cálido de Florida.
Tuvo demencia hacia los últimos días de su vida, pero nunca dejó de amar a su familia y no perdió su dignidad. Todos podemos aprender de la vida de Tita. Podemos seguir sus ejemplos: Ama a Dios, sé fuerte, ayúdate a ti mismo para ser mejor, no te rindas y ama a los que te rodean porque al final eso es todo lo que llevas contigo.
Agradecemos a Dios por permitirle dejar esta tierra alerta, sin dolor, y rodeada del amor de su familia hasta su último aliento en la Tierra. ¡Te amamos Tita!