3-years, 3-months, 23-days into Samantha’s abduction

Adriana Coronel Tenorio, Adriana Howitt Coronel, Ari Coronel, Ari Coronel Tenorio, Ari Howitt, Ari Howitt Coronel, jelly fish, sea anemones, tide pools

Saturday, March 3, 2012: Hi Beautiful! I miss you already and I have only been home a couple hours. I think we had a breakthrough today. And that is saying something given what little time we are allowed to spend together. Never the less, I am so proud of you Sam! Before I tell you what the breakthrough was all about, bear in mind that none of this is your fault. Like I said, am so proud of you for being such a brave little girl. You are so amazing given you don’t know why Dad is now around that much.

So, for the first half of the day, you were angry and frustrated. While I am working hard on my Spanish, I know it was not enough for you to tell me why you were angry and frustrated. We had brief moments of laughter when I helped you clean the fish tank. It wasn’t until mid-day when we figured out what was going on. You were angry and frustrated because you cannot have conversations with me in full Spanish. My heart just broke Sam. At the same time it also melted because if you did not care or love me, then you would not have been so upset. I can’t even write this without it bringing me to tears.

While it would be nice if Adriana Coronel Tenorio (AKA Adriana Howitt Coronel, Ari Coronel, Ari Coronel Tenorio, Ari Howitt, Ari Howitt Coronel) recognized your American heritage just a little bit, I take responsibility for my Spanish. Believe me I am working hard at it and getting pretty good. I have no control over what Adriana does, however I do have control over what I do. And I pinky swore with you that I will work even harder on my Spanish, just for you. That is a promise I take very seriously because I have always been there for you even though you only see me for a measly 6-hours a week. I am always here for you!

The rest of the day was spent at the beach. With the low tide, the tide pools were roaring with activity. You found out how fun it is to stick your finger in a sea anemones. Giggling each time as they closed up on you. I will save the science lesson about them being relatives of the jelly fish and are actually trying to eat your finger when you do that. No harm no foul. Rock climbing with the waves crashing right in front of us was priceless as you lead me by the hand to explore what marine life was left behind in the tide pools. Of course all of this went under the watchful eye of your abduction accomplices. Nothing new there.