2-years, 5-months, 28-days into Samantha’s abduction

Adriana Coronel Tenorio, Adriana Howitt Coronel, Ari Coronel, Ari Coronel Tenorio, Ari Howitt, Ari Howitt Coronel, Foska, Jhoana Gabriela Rubio Gonzalez, Mexico, Oscar Ivan Diaz Gomez, PlayDoh, Rapunzel, Wii

Sunday, May 8, 2011: Good Morning Sam! Yesterday went by so fast as all Saturdays do. We spent most of the day playing with PlayDoh, which brought me back to when I was a kid and had a blast doing it! Then you wanted to show me your Wii skills on the Rapunzel game I gave you for your birthday. I hear it’s your favorite game. At one point we went outside to water the plants and give the chickens water as well, they had nothing to drink. The table outside was being used as a staging area for the little cups of water you were using. Underneath all that was the rug from your bedroom. I guess Foska urinated on the rug and it had to be cleaned. No big deal.

Naturally being outside and watering plants/hydrating chickens, dirty comes with the territory. Especially for a 5-year old excited to be with her Dad. Rather than encourage you for taking the initiative, Adriana Coronel Tenorio (AKA Adriana Howitt Coronel, Ari Coronel, Ari Coronel Tenorio, Ari Howitt, Ari Howitt Coronel) scolded us for getting the rug dirty. I have never seen Adriana  take initiative like that on anything. I was so proud of you Sam. I am sorry Adriana does not recognize that for what it was.

Towards the end of the day, we were watching the Rapunzel movie I gave you for your birthday. This too is your favorite from what I am told. I am very impressed at how advanced animated movies have become. It was fun to see, mostly because you climbed on top of me and sat in my arms. I cherished every second of it because I knew 4:00 was fast approaching and Adriana was on clock watch. I wish you could read this journal now, as this stuff is happening. Then again, you are processing what is happening right now the best you can. Unfortunately, you have never been told the truth in that house. I am so grateful that you have become vocal about my absence during the week. At the same time, our bond has never been broken and as you have been getting older it’s been getting stronger by the day. I cannot even express the joy in my heart.

Saturdays have never been easy for me for many reasons. Leaving you when I have to go is excruciating. You protest in front of Adriana all the time, although she outright lies and tells the court you are indifferent to me. Yet, she sees how affectionate you are with me and even takes pictures of us together while commenting often about how much you love me.

Ironically, we go to court on Monday to answer Adriana petition that she is trying to take you away from me for good – she does not want me to spend time with you at all yet wants me to pay more to support you and the rest of her family. Monday is not going to go well for Adriana. Court dates have yet to go her way. On one hand if Adriana did what she said she would do, and get our lawyers together for a meeting, we would not be talking about court. Suffice it to say, we have a plan A, B and C for Monday. None of them are going to go well for Adriana.

We all know she has no chance of winning this notion of taking you away from me for good. Its a stall tactic and everyone knows it. Accountability is a word Adriana does not know the meaning of. Eventually she will.

After all the drama she created in the last several days, Adriana has the nerve to ask me what I am wearing to court on Monday. I can’t make this stuff up Sam. She goes on to tell me that I don’t need to wear a suit to court because its Mexico and nobody wears suits, except judges and lawyers. This is coming from someone who dyed their hair purple. Second, don’t blame me if I dress better than her attorney (Oscar Ivan Diaz Gomez) does. Not my problem. Actually the guy is a dapper dresser. Too bad he does not represent Adriana as well as he dresses himself. I respect the court. It does not matter if I am in Mexico or the United States. It’s a sign of respect and I know its appreciated.

The other day I found myself online reading about all the other cases of parentally abducted children. It was scary to read how similar all the cases are. We all have had the same struggles with the courts and the accusations by the abducting parent. It was scary to read. It is almost as if there is a book out there for abducting parents on what to do when commit this horrible atrocity on their own kids.

It got me thinking. I have always been told we have a story worth telling Sam. I have been struggling with the angle at which to tell it. I could publish this journal by itself. It’s that powerful as you know. Then again this journal is meant for your eyes only. It’s very personal to me. So that is not an option. After reading all those forum posts its clear to me that left behind parents can really use some help. I LOVE YOU SAM! Enjoy your spa day I gave you for your birthday! KISSES!