THE LATIN NIGHT
Last night in Rome became the Latin Night. The serious work of the Capitulants in approving the Manual of Regulations, after an intense day of debates, took a turn for the light side with smiles and typical costumes. There were the expected huge sombreros with their elegant trim as well as colorful “ponchos”. Stern Visitors of the day sessions laid aside their work portfolios to take up guitars and percussion instruments. Youth and joy were the order of the evening.
We were welcomed with “margaritas” right at the door, followed immediately by woven bracelets and typical trinkets and souvenirs from a score of Latin countries. Brothers who found a small paper under their chairs were gifted with more expensive items.
We sang the songs of Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and a special remembrance for Cuba, the land of Miguel Campos. With the melody of “Las Mañanitas”, the two Brothers who had their birthdays on the next day were serenaded.
The star attraction and hit of the night was the “solo de pareja”, the typical Tapatio or Hat dance of Mexico, performed with the costumes, and the pounding rhythm that only those who have it in their blood can master. The caballero was none other than the serious Rector of the Lasallian University of Mexico. Was the lady missing? Not at all. You do know that in the Casa Generalizia there is a community of Guadalupana Sisters!!
“AMERICA HAS THE SCENT OF THE FIESTA (AND THE MORNING AFTER). TO THE FUTURE AND TO LIBERTY”, This is what we sang last night. MAY IT BECOME A REALITY!! Thanks, RELAL, for a marvelous soiree.