It's not Just a Story

Every person has a story, a story about his life and how he has become who he is today. Meeting someone with a similar story can cause an instant, intimate connection with that person. This happened to Pocho, Larry’s son. Walking close to his home, he came across a little boy selling candy. This boy appeared very poor and very hungry, so Pocho stopped to talk to him. The little boy said he was very hungry, so Pocho left to get a big place of chicken and rice to bring back to the boy. Although he was ravenous, the boy split the food in half and began eating only one half of it. Pocho asked him why he was only eating half of it, and the boy responded that his sister is hungry too so he wanted to give some food to her. He said he was going to save some for her so that she could eat too. What Pocho did next was motivated by his experience as a young boy. As a child, Pocho was homeless too. Eventually he moved into an orphanage where Larry would meet him and they would soon form the special bond of father and son. Motivated by his similar childhood experience of homelessness and knowing the pain of trying to find food for each day, Pocho decided to buy some of the boy’s candy so he could have money to buy food for his next meal. Pocho, however, did much more than buy some candy: he bought all of it. With each candy being sold for .10 soles (only about 3 cents), Pocho gave the little boy more money than he normally makes in an entire month. Bonded by their stories and understanding of each other’s situations, the two of them sat together and cried. Stories are so much more than something of our past; they provide the motivation for our actions and create bonds that will affect our lives moving forward.