A Moment of Reflection
by Lilia M. Fiallo
José Emilio owner of X-Ruebenxz company, enjoyed great success among the people who knew him for all the money he possessed.
He managed the family’s little wealth that he inherited from his father years ago, since his mother had in one two-three spend maybe about two-thirds of that great fortune in bad business.
He usually drove an old pickup truck to go to work, and on weekends, he took another vehicle. While all this passed, far was he imagining, so many eyes that were keeping an eye on his wealth.
The company remained where much of the day, had a career. His father – the founder, was a man fair and very human. Between supervisors, workers and administrative staff we could count about 30 employees. Under discipline compliance and good reputation, José Emilio, spend his early years of work beside his father.
José Emilio believed that he knew each one of the employees who were there for years. On the death of his father, his sister and his mom, they decided that he will remain in the management. His brother only knew the life of waste, so he was never going to take part in the direction of the family heritage. Once José Emilio took possession of the management, the secretary informs him that Maria, a former employee, wanted to talk to him. José Emilio did not hesitated in receiving her in his office. The purpose of the visit had a request, a request out of place:
“Look Sir, I ask you for a favor that when I die, don´t forget my son in-law…” After the first visit, came many more, with the same request, to which he responded:
“Don´t worry, we will see…” Nothing and no one know, when a person will die! he thought. But the day came. Maria died. A few days after the funeral, appeared the son-in-law. José Emilio’s secretary informs him, that there is a man, which claims to be Maria’s son-in-law and wants to talk to him. As if it were a theatrical piece, it was true; there was the son-in-law. José Emilio – long ago, thought: “well, and why this insistence of Maria? and if it becomes true, what can do I with this individual, I don’t know? What job will I put him at?
He attended the visit of the subject and intended to resolve the matter in the best way, but a tremendous nightmare found. He heard him and gave him an appointment for a few days later.
Maria was no longer with them, and if the son-in-law was not Archangel, who would he claim; he wondered… He threw everything on, and decided to!
When the subject returned, he confessed that because he was Maria’s relative, he will deposited all his trust in him and Jose Emilio give him a vehicle of his property so he was able to mobilize, engaged in any activity of removals or home services, enclosing also a check for $ 350, to initiate an activity, provided care for the truck and provide it with a $100 monthly payment, as a lease vehicle. The subject was happy.
While he spent the first month, the subject communicated with José Emilio continuously. He said that he had decided to move to the border to bring goods to sell at a good price, and so, give him $200 each month, and not as they had agreed. The Manager of the company, believed firmly.
Passing one month, the subject in question gradually ceased to call and did not answered the phone. By the end of the second month and his whereabouts became a mystery. He changed the phone number and was gone. José Emilio filed a complaint against the subject for fear he was making improper use of the truck. At the end of two years Jose Emilio received a call. It was a character from a parking lot, which called him to inform him, that there was a car as under the name of José Emilio who had a debt of two years of parking fees for being on its premises. Without knowing, what problems there might be, he traveled 1,000 miles from here, to the site where the individual who was the truck had told him.
Once he got there, the payment for the alleged parking and taxes exceeded $5,000. It was then where José Emilio thought: What hatched Maria with her son-in-law? If we all have intelligence and hands to work, why there are people who want to take advantage pretending poverty and misery? Why are people looking coldly those who come to ask for a help or money?
And he answered quietly: “Right now I understand why so many people are indifference of someone’s need and that really needs it and maybe is doing good”.
Lilia M. Fiallo was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where, between tasks and free time, she found a place to write about subjects, somehow forgotten by others. With gold letters engraved in her memory, she began her working life, in the heart of the technical part, of the air traffic control of her native country. In the midst of aeronautical phraseology and codes, the world of aviation gave her one of the highest experiences, because of the precision required by this craft, where a single mistake could cost many lives. It is there, where in her concern to communicate her ideas, she begins to write with dedication, themes a little relegated by society, the Church and the State. Discovering a truth that nobody wants to talk about, but much more real and every day, than it seems. It is thus, as it appears, her first work, “Parir por parir”. You can find her book at for sale in Amazon and if you want to connect with her send her an email to email@example.com.