In this photo appears Iris (to the right) at approximately 6 years old accompanied by her younger sister and her mom who just began to play dad’s role after the divorce.
Iris was too little to understand the complexity of a divorce, much less the impact it would have in her life.
All Iris ever wanted was just to spend quality time with mom and quality time with dad, whenever possible.
So, Iris, along with her sister, Eneris visited dad every other weekend in his home with his ‘mean’ wife, but as the years went by those visits became less and less frequent.
Her father, René never fought for the love and affection of his daughters. At least that is how Iris always interpreted it.
As Iris went into her teenage years, her dad never mentioned anything about celebrating her Sweet 15 which is something she had always dreamed of.
So her Mom with the few resources she had at the time pulled together an unbeliavably beautiiful Sweet 15 birthday party for Iris. Quinceanero or Sweet 15 is a Latin American tradition similar to the American Sweet 16 custom. As a part of this Hispanic tradition the birthday girl’s father is supposed to change her shoes from sandals to heels, symbolizing the transition from childhood to the adolescent life.
But Iris was devastated that her dad wasnt there to change her shoe.
Until this day her dad hasn’t given her an explanation as to why he wasn’t there. The point is that Iris forgave him for his lack o involvement in her life and hoped that one day when she would get married her dad would be there to walk her down the aisle to her future husband.
The years passed and anytime she could, Iris would go to Puerto Rico where her dad lives and spend as much quality time as time allowed.
Years later, Iris becomes pregnant of her fiancee and they decide to get married.
Iris tried contacting her dad to tell him about the news but he was nowhere to be found. She had to tell him about everything through his voicemail. She left messages with his ‘new wife’ and his mom (Iris’ grandma).
But weeks went by and Iris never heard back from her dad.
The so much awaited wedding day arrived. Iris looked gloriously in her bridal dress. She was as happy as the day her husband to be proposed to her.
It was Iris’ mom and her little brother who once again filled up her dad’s place.
Iris and her husband, Adam lived happily ever after.
PS. Iris holds no grudges against her dad and hopes he’ll get to meet the baby some day.