Creative Nonfiction: It's a long road to humility. EN/ESP.

in The Ink Well3 months ago (edited)





—Where are you going Karla.—

—To college mom—

—I think you should fix your situation Humberto, he's a good boy and you don't deserve to be despised like that—

—Actually Mom, it's a nuisance, and besides I have him eating out of my hand, he can't stop loving me, he's never seen such beauty in a single woman.—

—Karla, you should be more humble and treat people with respect, one does not know the twists and turns life takes and you are not always going to be surrounded by friends, nor are you always going to be the queen of the party.—

—Oh, Mom, how annoying you are, with your advice! I have everything under control and I know what I'm doing.— Karla said before taking her car and leaving for the university.

In the transfer from her home to the university, Karla suffered an accident, when a vehicle did not stop at a traffic light when he came distracted and when he did not see her he took Karla's car, causing a tremendous crash that left Karla unconscious.

Karla did not know about herself for a long time, when she began to regain consciousness, she did not know where she was and did not feel her body, she felt like in a deep sleep, and when she started to open her eyes, she had no idea where she was, she only heard screams and blows and lost consciousness again.

The blows that Karla heard, was the one caused by the firefighters, banging on the doors to get into the car to be able to get her out and take her to the hospital of the Central University of Venezuela, which was the nearest hospital to the place where she had been hit by the car.

At the time of the accident, they called Mrs. Nancy, my neighbor, and informed her that her daughter had suffered an accident and was hospitalized at the University Hospital. Mrs. Nancy, very nervous, called the house, talked to my mother, told her what happened and we took the car to take her to the hospital.

When we arrived with Mrs. Nancy at the hospital, we accompanied her to the emergency room, since she was very nervous, there she talked to the doctor and asked how her daughter was. The doctor informed him that the situation was serious, due to the fact that he had had severe injuries to his legs and apparently also had a spinal injury and a complex fracture in an arm, in addition to other bruises and blows.

Mrs. Nancy started crying and hugged my mom, after a while, family, friends and classmates of Karla and the boyfriend she had at that time began to arrive.
Among the people who were there in the emergency, there was also a boy who had been introduced to me, his name was Humberto, who was madly in love with Karla.

Karla had an operation and she came out of the operation well. However, the doctor said that she would spend a lot of time in recovery from the operation. Once she went through that process, she should go through another new process which was rehabilitation.
Karla is a very beautiful girl, she is also very popular and to some extent a leader of her group of friends. That made, at first, the room of the university hospital where she was hospitalized, was full of people and friends. In addition to having the presence of the boyfriend and the constant and permanent visit of Humberto, who did not stop visiting her and being with her.

Soon after, Karla was sent home, where she was supposed to spend her recovery, and then go to the rehabilitation processes.
At first, there were people who came to visit her all the time; however, as the weeks went by, the number of people who came to see her began to decrease drastically.

The people who always stayed with Karla, was her lifelong friend and neighbor, Ana and Humberto. In fact, both Humberto and Ana, helped Mrs. Nancy and my mom, with the curettages of the leg where Karla had some nails, which came out of her leg and gave a dantesque and painful image. I helped her, a couple of times doing the cures, but the ones who spent the most time with her were Ana and Humberto, since Mrs. Nancy, my mother and I worked.

After the cast was removed from Karla's other leg and the new X-rays were taken, the doctor came to see her at home, with a physiotherapist who was going to help her with rehabilitation.
That day she was going to be pulled out of bed for the first time in a couple of months. Karla's boyfriend, who hardly went to see her anymore, was at the house, as Mrs. Nancy had called him to support Karla.

When Karla was helped to get out of bed, the image was terrible, her legs did not support her, she only had some strength in one arm, since the other, where she had the cast, was skinny, weak and she had to go through therapy to be able to move it and bring it to its previous state. The image was so shocking, that the boyfriend left the room and by the way after that day he abandoned her and never came back to the house.

Karla, seeing the expression on the face of everyone present and seeing the tears in the eyes of her mother, whose soul was breaking to see so much suffering in her daughter, asked. —What's the matter with me, Doctor?—

—Calm down everyone, especially your Karla, what is happening is normal, you went through a very big trauma, your muscles are very weak due to inactivity, now another process is coming, which will be strong and painful, but as you move forward, you will be getting better, it is a process that takes time and I need you to be calm, confident and optimistic that everything will turn out well— Said the doctor to Karla and everyone present.

From that week on, Karla was no longer called or visited by the friends she loved so much and who made her feel so good and so superior to others. Only his mom, my mom, Humberto, Ana and me were there occasionally.

Karla was depressed about this situation, I imagine she felt that she had lost her popularity and maybe she didn't feel loved by the people she thought should love her.

One day, while I was with her and her mom in the room, she was crying because of the pain caused by the exercises, which were done to her legs and arm.

I used to help her with those exercises, because the physiotherapist taught me how to do it. That happened, because the medical costs of physical therapy were very high and he could only be paid to come once a week. So when I wasn't helping her, Humberto or Ana helped her, with the leg and arm exercises, doing what the physiotherapist had taught us.

When I was doing Karla's exercises that day, her mother was talking to her and saying —Remember what I told you about people, about the need to be kind and the need to respect the feelings and good intentions of others. And there you go, your boyfriend, the beautiful body I abandon you, but Humberto, whom you always despised is with you, Ana, who has always loved you like a sister, was abandoned by you, because you decided to spend more time with the girls of the university, and none of them are with you, only the people who love you, have stayed with you at all times.—

—You're right Mom, what a fool and what a bad friend I've been.— Said Karla.

—No my love, what you were is an immature person and life is teaching you to mature and does it in its own way, with a strong blow so that you really learn.— His mother told him.

From that moment Karla began to change, she began to treat people with affection, with love and began to enjoy the company, the people around her and she was moving away, from her foolish and childish visions.

Indeed, life taught him to mature and to change his attitude and his way of acting and valuing people. Now Karla, far from being a bothersome and pedantic girl, is a charming girl, very human and helpful.

He learned to be humble and learned to accept others. But she learned that, after a situation that put her to bed and made her depend on others even to have a glass of water, she went through a hard test and we all learned about life, by living that process together with her.

Now Karla is already walking, although there are times when her leg gets inflamed, she has been dating Humberto for several months and really formed a more stable family, with her mother, with Ana, with Humberto and with her lifelong neighbors.

But it really was a long and hard road, for that girl, to learn to be more humble and to learn to treat and respect others.

Thank you for reading me.

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Creative Nonfiction: Un largo camino para la humildad:


—Para dónde vas Karla.—

—A la universidad mamá—

—Creo que debes arreglar tu situación Humberto, él un buen muchacho y no mereces que lo desprecies de esa manera—

—En realidad mamá, es un fastidio, y además lo tengo comiendo de la mano, él no puede dejar de amarme, jamás ha visto tanta belleza en una sola mujer.—

—Karla, deberías de ser más humilde y tratar a la gente con respeto, uno no sabe las vueltas que da la vida y no siempre vas a estar rodeadas de amigos, ni siempre vas a ser la reina de la fiesta.—

—¡Ay mamá, qué fastidiosa eres, con tus consejos! Yo tengo todo controlado y sé lo que hago.— Dijo Karla antes de tomar su auto y partir a la universidad.

En el traslado de su casa a la universidad, Karla sufrió un accidente, cuando un vehículo no se paró en un semáforo al venir distraído y al no verla se llevó el auto de Karla, provocando un choque tremendo que dejó a Karla inconsciente.

Karla no supo de sí en mucho tiempo, al comenzar a recuperar el conocimiento, no sabía en donde estaba y no sentía su cuerpo, se sentía como en un profundo sueño, y cuando comenzó a abrir los ojos, no tenía ni idea de donde estaba, solamente escuchaba gritos y golpes y perdió de nuevo el conocimiento.

Los golpes que Karla escucho, era el que ocasionaban los bomberos, golpeando las puertas para entrar al auto para poder sacarla y llevarla al hospital de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, que era el hospital más cercano del lugar donde ella había sido golpeada por el auto.

A las horas del accidente, llamaron a la señora Nancy, mi vecina, y le informaron que su hija había sufrido un accidente y estaba internada en el Hospital Universitario. La señora Nancy, muy nerviosa, llamó a la casa, habló con mi madre, le comentó lo que pasó y tomamos el auto para llevarla al hospital.

Cuando llegamos con la señora Nancy al Hospital, la acompañamos a la sala de emergencias, ya que ella estaba muy nerviosa, ahí ella habló con el médico y le preguntó como estaba su hija. El médico le informó que la situación era grave, por el hecho de que había tenido fuertes lesiones en las piernas y al parecer también tenía una lesión en la columna y una fractura compleja en un brazo, además de otras contusiones y golpes.

La señora Nancy, se puso a llorar y se abrazó a mi mamá, después de un tiempo, empezaron a llegar familiares, amigos y compañeros de clases de Karla y el novio que ella tenía en ese momento.
Entre las personas que estaban ahí en la emergencia, también estaba un muchacho que me habían presentado, que se llamaba Humberto, que estaba perdidamente enamorado de Karla.

A Karla la operaron y salió bien de la operación; sin embargo, el médico dijo que ella pasaría mucho tiempo en recuperación de la operación, una vez que pasara por ese proceso, debería pasar por otro nuevo proceso que era el de rehabilitación.
Karla es una muchacha muy hermosa, además es muy popular y hasta cierto punto una líder de su grupo de amigos. Eso hizo que, un principio, la habitación del hospital universitario donde ella estaba hospitalizada, estuviese llena de gente y de amigos. Además de contar con la presencia del novio y la visita constante y permanente de Humberto, que no dejaba de visitarla y de estar con ella.

Al poco tiempo, Karla fue enviada a su casa, donde debía pasar su recuperación, para luego ir a los procesos de rehabilitación.
En un primer momento, había gente que venía a visitarla todo el tiempo; sin embargo, a la medida que iban pasando las semanas, la cantidad de gente que venía a verla, empezó a disminuir drásticamente.

Las personas que siempre se mantenían con Karla, era su amiga y vecina de toda la vida, Ana y Humberto. De hecho, tanto Humberto como Ana, ayudaban a la señora Nancy y a mi mamá, con los curetajes de la pierna donde Karla tenía unos clavos, que le salían de la pierna y daban una imagen dantesca y dolorosa. Yo la ayudé, un par de veces haciendo las curas, pero los que más tiempo pasaban con ella eran Ana y Humberto, ya que la señora Nancy, mi madre y yo trabajábamos.

Después que le quitaron a Karla el yeso de la otra pierna y le hicieron las nuevas radiografías, el médico vino a verla a la casa, con una fisioterapeuta que le iba a ayudar con la rehabilitación.
Ese día la iban a parar de la cama por primera vez en un par de meses. El novio de Karla, que ya casi no iba a verla, estaba en la casa, ya que la señora Nancy le había llamado para que apoyara a Karla.

Cuando Karla fue ayudada a levantarse de la cama, la imagen fue terrible, sus piernas no la sostenían, ella solo tenía algo de fuerza en un brazo, puesto que el otro, donde tenía el yeso, estaba flaco, débil y debía pasar por terapia para poder moverlo y llevarlo a su estado anterior. La imagen fue tan impactante, que el novio se fue del cuarto y por cierto después de ese día la abandono y nunca más volvió a la casa.

Karla al ver la expresión de la cara de todos los presentes y al ver las lágrimas en los ojos de su madre, a quien se le partía el alma al ver tanto sufrimiento en su hija, preguntó. —¿Qué pasa conmigo, doctor?—

—Tranquilícense todos, sobre todo tu Karla, lo que está pasando es normal, pasaste por un trauma muy grande, tus músculos están muy débiles por la inactividad, ahora viene otro proceso, que será fuerte y doloroso, pero al avanzar, estarás cada vez mejor, es un proceso que lleva tiempo y necesito que estés tranquila, segura y optimista de que todo saldré bien.— Dijo el médico a Karla y a todos los presentes.

A partir de esa semana, ya a Karla ni la llamaban, ni la visitaban los amigos que tanto quería y que la hacían sentir tan bien y tan superior a los demás. Solo estaban su mamá, mi mamá, Humberto, Ana y yo ocasionalmente.

Karla estaba deprimida ante esa situación, me imagino que ella sentía que había perdido su popularidad y tal vez no se sentía querida, por las personas que ella creía le debían de querer.
Un día, estando yo con ella y su mamá en el cuarto, ella estaba llorando por el dolor que le causaban los ejercicios, que le hacían en las piernas y en el brazo.

Yo la ayudaba con esos ejercicios, ya que me enseñó como hacerlo la fisioterapeuta. Eso pasó, debido a que los costos médicos de la fisioterapia eran muy altos y solo se le podía pagar para que viniese una vez a la semana. Así que cuando no la ayudaba yo, la ayudaba Humberto o Ana, con los ejercicios de la pierna y brazo, haciendo lo que nos había enseñado la fisioterapeuta.

Cuando le estaba haciendo los ejercicios a Karla ese día, su madre hablaba con ella y le decía —Acuérdate de lo que te dije de la gente, de la necesidad de ser amable y de la necesidad de respetar los sentimientos y las buenas intensiones de los demás. Y ahí tienes, tu novio, el cuerpo bonito te abandono, pero Humberto, al que siempre despreciabas está contigo, Ana, que siempre te ha querido como una hermana, fue abandonada por ti, porque decidiste pasar más tiempo con las muchachas de la universidad, y ninguna de ellas está contigo, solo la gente que te ama, se ha mantenido junto a ti en todo momento.—

—Tienes razón mamá, qué tonta y que mal amiga he sido.— Dijo Karla.

—No mi amor, lo que eras es una persona inmadura y la vida te está enseñando a madurar y lo hace a su manera, con un golpe fuerte para que aprendas de verdad.— le dijo su madre.

Karla a partir de ese momento comenzó a cambiar, empezó a tratar a la gente con cariño, con amor y empezó a disfrutar de la compañía, de la gente que le rodeaba y se fue alejando, de sus visiones necias e infantiles.

Efectivamente, la vida le enseñó a madurar y a cambiar su actitud y su forma de actuar y valorar a las personas. Ahora Karla, lejos de ser una muchacha atorrante y pedante, es una chica encantadora, muy humana y servicial.

Aprendió a ser humilde y aprendió a aceptar a los demás. Pero eso lo aprendió, después de una situación que la puso en cama y le hizo depender de los demás hasta para tomar un vaso de agua, ella pasó por una dura prueba y todos aprendimos de la vida, al convivir ese proceso junto a ella.

Ahora Karla ya camina, aunque hay veces que se le inflama la pierna, tiene varios meses de novia con Humberto y realmente formó una familia más estable, con su madre, con Ana, con Humberto y con sus vecinos de toda la vida.

Pero realmente fue un largo y duro camino, para esa niña, para aprender a ser más humilde y para aprender a tratar y respetar a los demás.

Gracias por leerme.




A nicely balanced piece, @osomar357, although your story's English translation needed a bit more care and attention. Karla kept switching between being either male or female as the use of pronouns was hit and miss. This was rather distracting. Once you have your translation in future, put it through an editor to identify and correct the easy fixes :-)

Thank you for sharing a story from your life with The Ink Well.

There is a popular comment that I have heard many times, true friends are known in good times, but especially in bad times, unfortunately Karla learned that being popular would not necessarily have constant attention, on the contrary her situation led her to lose everything, it was vanity that surrounded her, thank goodness she had her mother, a good friend, a man who respected her and loved her and you. And as a university student, if she belonged to the house of studies where the hospital was, as a ucevista she also overcame the shadows. Because every member of the UCV knows that it is "the house that overcomes the shadows", Karla managed to find the light in the people who never abandoned her, had patience with her and learned to forgive her. A lesson we can all learn from. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Hello @nathy33, my regards.
Yes she graduated from the School of Public Accounting at UCV.
Indeed, she beat the shadows by knowing herself and seeing all her limitations through the experience an accident gave her.
Today she is a great girl and as she continues to grow and mature she will be a great woman.
Thank you for your comment.
Have a nice evening.


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Interesante y lamentable, lo que ocurrió a Karla. Interesante, porque tuvo la fortuna de ir a parar luego del accidente a una Institución donde los médicos trabajan con vocación de servicio y profesionalismo, pues fue un accidente de alto calibre. Lamentable porque a ella le tocó descubrir lo que es ser humilde bajo esas circunstancias, independientemente de las amistades y los pretendientes. Ha sido una gran lección para ella, sus amigos y familiares. Me gustó tu historia. Espero que todo marche como debe ser. Saludos y cariños mi querido @osomar357 😍🤗

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