Man, it is so good to be back home on familiar turf once again, surrounded by love, friends, familia, and familiar surroundings!
I am back home here in beautiful Puerto Rico, which is my homeland. There ain't nothing like wall-to-wall sunshine, palm trees, warm, ocean-scented breezes, or crystal-clear blue-green waters to stir the soul!
Mi familia, they were so happy to see me walking off that plane they all cried! I cried too when I saw my mami, papi, Abuelo, Abuela, y mis hermanos y hermanas again! Even mis vatos, mi compadres, came and saw me return home. It was a joyous celebracion, full of tears and laughter! Ai yi yi, it was wonderful!!
I am walking on my crutches but it will be very soon when I don't use 'em any more. My walking has become sure and steady; don't fall nearly as much as I did when I first got my legs. I will be so glad when I can ditch the crutches; the crutches are nothing but a huge pain in my butt!!
This is your friend, Jesus Cristofer Ventenilla, writing. I am sorry for not writing, but I had to continue with the rehab and now that this is history, I can get back to my life. I plan on playing futball and beisbol once again. Just 'cause I don't have any legs doesn't mean that I can no longer do the things I once loved prior to losing my legs. People don't know my competitive spirit or my determination: once Jesus C. Ventenilla decides he's gonna do something, there ain't no stoppin' him! No, siree!!
I may be slow at first, but with God's grace, I WILL succeed in regaining my life again!!
I just hope I can get through the bad memories of the bombing, the pain, the thought that I would never have my legs again .... I still sometimes have nightmares, but being home with mi familia y mis vaatos, have helped tremendously, as has my faith in Jesus, who is the Only One who can be credited with gettin' me this far. I may no longer be the same, but I refuse to let my situation bog me down any longer! I am tired of being depressed or feeling sorry for myself: that AIN'T me!!
I will keep in touch, to let y'all know how I am faring. It will be a happy day when I ditch my crutches once and for all! 'Cause when I do, there ain't NO stopping me in achieving my dreams or goals in life!!
~To be continued.~