The Eulogy

My Prince

Un Tributo para Robert Reina

Hesto esta escrito mal, pero su familia en Colombia no pueden leer Ingles.

Hay tantas emociones y preguntas que quiren causar palabras y comentarios negativo. No vas a encontrar los aqui. Yo queria celebrar la vida de Robert. Deseo compartir una parte de su historia

En un hermoso dia de en Abril 1974, una mujer dio a luz al hombre que le ensenaria mas amor y ternura a mi y mi hija que pudo ser imaginado possible. Esta mujer, Rosa Reina, crio a Robert en amor solita por anos antes de conocer a una de las influencias mas importanted de la vida de Robert, Jose Sanchez. Robert fue bendecido con 2 hermanitos, Joseph y Carlos Sanchez. Aunque el papa de Robert vivio en Colombia y no se comunicarron mucho, Emirnson Reina tenia el amor de su hijo.

Robert amo ser hermano mayor y quido a su familia entera quando lo necesitaban. Los characteres qual le hico un hombre maravilloso se dejaron ver desde pequeno. Al crecer hasta ser un hombre, aseguro que su familia nunca se quedara atras o con nesesidad. Amo a su humildez. Su primer trabajo real fue en los Estudios Universales. El trabajo con 'Back to the Future'. Desde ese tiempo tenia gran vision. Viajando en el tiempo es gran deseo! 17 anos atras, conocio a su primer amor, tiempo compartido. Desde ese tiempo ha recibido premio sobre premio y promociones de cada organisacion que estuvo. En estas posiciones ha conocido, ensenado, y ha dejado gran imprecion en los corrazones de todos. Esta imprecion y la evidencia de tanto amor por el en estos ultimos dias es increible. Siempre estaba muy orgullosa de el y pense que no pude ser mas orgullosa hasta esta semana. La compania de Orange Lake y la familia Kemmons-Wilson le robo el corazon en los anos ultimos de los 90's or temprano en los 2000's. Ese amor le hizo regresar a la compania en 2007 y lo entrego a mis brazos.

Los que conocian a Robert sabian que le gustaba tener metas dificiles de cumplir. Los que me conocen a mi saben que yo so differente. En escojerme a mi recibio muchas oportunidades amables y positivas para mas metas dificiles. Me acuerdo que Robert tenia muchas reglas para sus relaciones: una mujer sin ninos, no pueden trabar con el, etc y yo rompia todas las reglas. Lo que es de Dios, es de Dios, ninguno de nos dos pudimos resistir. En realidad, ni Robert ni yo estabamos interesado en tener una relacion. El tenia gran planes profecionales y yo queria estar en paz como soltera por mucho tiempo. Pensabamos que una relacion era muy complicado y trabajaba contra nuestras metas. Teniamos mucho que hacer y eramos dificiles de imprecionar.

Me enamore de el porque cuando yo lo miraba, pudia ver su bello espiritu alumbrando. Yo vi un hombre noble. Una persona amable y genuino. Vi en Robert cosas que existian en historias. Todas estas cosas en cara de angelito con su sonrisa bella. El corazon del era tan grande y puro que toco a todas personas. Cumplio con sus metas sin perder su integridad. Lo vi como un Rey. El era my propio Rey Arthur.

Robert era un hombre bien privado. Yo tenia la bendicion de conocerlo en una manera que muchos no pudo ver. Era maravilloso! Era dedicado a su familia y le gusto la vida simple. Siempre estaba feliz y con calma. Cojio los corazones de una nina y su mama y lo lleno hasta no poder mas diariamente con amor y affeccion. Me aquerdo cuando llego a conocer a mi hija, Kennedy. Fuimos para el parque de Animal Kingdom. Se cojieron de mano y empezaron a jugar safari secreto. Estaban arrollidaro cerca de un albol y yo pregunte wque hacian. Recibi un SHH! de los dos porque encontraron a un pajaro azul. Mas tarde en el dia, la nina le dijo que se mudara con nosotros. Me aquerdo pensando, despues de 2 anos la presento a alguien que no es amigo y ella dio las llaves de la casa ya? Desde ese dia fueron inseparable.

Robert siempre estaba feliz aunque le tocaba ver peliculas de Barbie. Habian peleas de piratas, torneos de baile, competencias de karate, y lucha libre en nuesta casa todo los dias. El estaba orgulloso de mi aunque le queme 90% su comida en los primos 1 o 2 anos de nuesta vida y tenias otras dificultades con trabajos domesticos. Robert y yo eramos differentes. Aunque disfrutamos y eramos felizes juntos, no teniamos mucho en comun. Estabamos felizes porque teniamos morales igual y estabamos maravillado uno al otro. Nunca peliabamos. El hacia chiste cuando estaba yo frustrada. Me soporto en todo. Cuando estaba con mal genio, se quedaba con migo, no se escondia de mi. Estuvimos muy feliz y me dio muchas memorias preciosas. Tenia mi 'feliz por siempre' con el. Ninguno de nos dos teniamos idea que esto pasaria tan pronto. Sin contar el tiempo corto que teniamos, no cambiara nada. Valio la pena y mas y yo lo escojaria a el diez veces mas aun sabiendo del dolor que hay de venir. Mi hija, Kennedy y yo vamos a honrar los todo los dias de nuestra vids.

Las palabras que tengo que decir de me esposo pueden seguir por siempre. El va hacer un angel precioso!

This was really hard, the translation is rough and spelled incorrectly but his family in Colombia has a better shot of understanding it.


A Tribute to Robert Reina

There are so many raw feelings & questions that cause sad words & comments. You will not find any here. I wanted to celebrate Robert's life, so I will tell you a bit of his story.

On a beautiful Spring day in April 1974, a woman gave birth to the man that would later shower me and my daughter with more love & kindness than I thought possible. This woman, Rosa Reina, raised Robert in love alone for years before meeting one of the most important influences in his life, Jose Sanchez. Robert was later blessed with 2 little brothers, Joseph & Carlos Sanchez. While Robert's birth father lived in Colombia & had little contact with him, Emirnson Reina was loved by his son.

Robert loved being a big brother & took care of his family whenever they needed him. The traits that made him an amazing man were seen in him at a very young age. As he grew into a man, he made sure never to leave his family behind or in need. I love his simple beginnings. My husband was the 'Back to the Future' guy at Universal Studios theme park. Even in his first 'real' job he was a visionary. I mean time travel is a big deal! 17 years ago, he met his first love, Timeshare. He was passionate & dedicated, earning accolade after accolade & promotions from every place he worked. In these jobs, he met, trained, mentored, & left lasting impressions on the hearts of people. These bonds & and the recent out pour of love for him that I have seen are amazing blessings. I was always extremely proud of him & thought that I couldn't be more proud until this week. Orange Lake and the Kemmons-Wilson family stole his heart in the late 90's early 2000's. That love brought him back in February 2007 and brought him right into my arms.

Those who knew Robert know that he loved a good, healthy challenge. Those who know me know that I am not an everyday girl, so he definitely got his share of positive, loving challenges. I remember he had all of these rules when it came to women: no kids, not from same department, etc. and I broke all of them. What is meant is meant tho, neither one of us could fight it. Actually Robert & I were not into relationships at the time. He had his strong professional goals and I was planning on being peacefully single for a long time. We both thought relationships were complicated and distracting to our goals. We both had way to much to do and were difficult to impress.

I fell in love with Robert because when I looked at him, I could see his undeniable spirit shining from him. I saw a regal man. I saw a charismatic leader who was kind & genuine. I saw things in my Robert that stories are made of. All of these things wrapped up in the face of an angel with that radiant smile. His heart was so pure & so big that he left an unforgettable mark on everyone he came across. He strived for excellence without ever compromising his virtues or integrity. I saw him as a true King. He was my very own King Arthur.

Robert was a very private man. I was blessed to be able to see a side of him that no one else could. It was amazing! He was devoted to his family & enjoyed the simple daily life. He was always happy and calm. He took the hearts of one little girl & her mother & filled them until they overflowed with his love & affection. I remember the first time I introduced him to my daughter Kennedy. We went to the Animal Kingdom. She took his hand & they escaped into a secret safari world hunting for animals. They were crouched down by a bush and I asked what they were doing out loud. I got a big SHHH! from them both because they found a big, blue bird. Later, she asked him to more into our house. I remember thinking, oh great, first man that isn't a friend that she gets to meet in 2 years & she plays the move-in card. They have been inseparable ever since.

Robert was happy even tho he had to watch some Barbie movies. There were pirate sword fights, oompa loompa dance offs, karate wars, & mattress wrestling championships all over our house. He was proud of me even tho I burned 90% of our meals the first year or two & had other domestic deficiencies. Robert & I were different. As wonderful as we were together, we didn't have a lot of things in common. We still matched because our values were the same & we were both amazed by each other. We never fought. He usually laughed at me when I was frustrated at something. He supported everything that I did. He was amazing. If I was grouchy, he stayed by me. He wouldn't run away. We had a happy, full life filled with beautiful memories. I had my happily ever after with him. Neither of us knew that it would end for us so soon. Other than the short time we had, I have not a single regret. It was more than worth it & I would choose hi over & over again knowing the pain that was to come. My daughter, Kennedy & I are going to honor him everyday.

The words that I have to say about my husband can fo on forever. He will make an amazing angel!

Our Short Blessing

Our Wedding!
Our Wedding!
Family time...
Family time...
Holiday Joys - our last Christmas.
Holiday Joys - our last Christmas.

Dedicated to My Love - Dedicado A Mi Amor

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Comments 23 comments

Chantelle 5 years ago

You found true love, for many people in life are still searching for it. God had already bless you with it. The memories are what will keep you strong. We never understand gods plan, but we know he has done he did for a reason.


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Moms-Secret 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

i do not regret a moment. Loosing true love in such a short period of time is hard. It feels unfair and causes all these mixed emotions. I have dedicated myself in not being angry with God and having faith, but it is a daily battle.

Thank you for your kind words.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

This is so beautiful - a loving tribute to someone very special to you and your daughter, no one can ever take that away! I do appreciate the way you look at life!


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Moms-Secret 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

I am trying to stay true to who I am and the reasons that he loved me but I have to be honest. This is so hard it has the potential to permanently change people.

Uphill battles... extremely difficult, but not impossible. Thanks for the comment.


AngĂ©lica Reina l. 5 years ago

Sentir cada una de tus palabras, arrancan lagrimas de mis pupilas sin imaginar el vacio tan inesperado de la partida de ese angel maravilloso que Dios te puso en el camino!!

Que hermoso homenage, que felicidad saber que hasta el ultimo segundo de su vida fueron felices!!! Dios te dara la sabiduria para sobrellevar este dificil momento!!!


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Moms-Secret 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Gracias por leer lo Angelica. Mi alma esta rota y no se como seguir pero estoy tratando.


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stayingalivemoma 5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

You are so blessed to have found someone who loved you so much! Cherish those memories and ever let your daughter forget him as I know you won't. Be blessed.


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Keeley Shea 5 years ago from Norwich, CT

Your story, his story, it is the same and it is beautiful. Your writing touches people that don't even know you or knew your husband this is how I know it comes true from your heart. You are so lucky to find true love. I hope writing the story helped you in some way with the sadness. It seems as though it would. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt love story.


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Moms-Secret 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Stayingalivemomma - Thank you so much for the blessing. The love is like a medication that eases the pain of the loss. I have many memories full of light to offset the darkness. The angel girl is coming along nicely. Thanks for the comment.


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Moms-Secret 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Keeley Shea - Thank you for your beautiful comment. Thinking of the unique love that he showed me does help a lot. It leaves me a lot to miss since he left so early, but he showed me more in that little time than most get to see and I am so grateful.


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

MS, one can't help but be moved by the totality of your love and adoration for Robert. He must have been truly a special man. Thank you for sharing your life with us. We are richer for it. God Bless.


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Moms-Secret 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you Thomas for the beautiful comment and for all the other things you have done.

Robert was like no one I have ever known and he taught me so much about this life. I have so much to thank him for. While I hate that he is gone so early, I can not honestly say that our love was not complete before he left.

Thank you again.


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

This is a beautiful tribute written from a heart filled with love. It has blessed me to read about such a love.


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Moms-Secret 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much for reading and commenting Homesteadbound. I am so flattered by your comment. Writing is my way of sharing our love story so that it lives beyond us.

Thank you for making me feel my heart a bit.


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savvydating 4 years ago

What a lovely eulogy. Thank you for sharing such an intimate portrait of your lives together. How good it is that you can take comfort in these wonderful memories.


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

Eulogies have a reputation of being sad and evoking tears from those who hear it. Close to 200 people came to his service. I felt that the eulogy should be a tribute. There were already enough tears in the crowd. It felt really great to hear them chuckle and see them smile. Thank you for reading it, SAVVYDATING. It was really nice to meet you.


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia

This was a beautiful tribute to a man that was more than a husband, although sad to hear of your loss it is simply inspiring on how you have focused on all the joy he brought into your lives

I wish you and your daughter nothing but the best


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Moms-Secret 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

I thank you so much for reading nighthag. He was a gift that I would have accepted even if I knew that he had to be returned so quickly. I share this truth with my daughter and it has helped us both. He was worth it all even if for a few years. When we first started dating, I remember him saying that he had never married because he wanted to be loved completely and innocently like a child does and while he got close it was never right. I didn't know that it would be me. :)


newenglandsun 3 years ago

Ensena me el idioma de espanol.


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan

Dear MS, I came to this writing as a result of reading Faith Reapers tribute to you and your writing.

What a beautiful heart your Robert held and the fact that he gave it to you and your daughter is a gift to be forever cherished.

Thank you for sharing your heart of gratefulness and love for the man of your dreams.

God Bless you and keep you and your little girl close to His heart!

Mekenzie


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you so much for taking the time to read it and comment Mekenzie. It was nice to hear from you.


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klidstone1970 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

How very lovely. What a celebration of your husband's life. You are a very lucky woman to have loved as you have. Bless you and your daughter. Btw..I have a daughter named Kennedy also.


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Moms-Secret 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

I am happy that you enjoyed it. I have been very blessed and feel fortunate to have loved and continue loving. Kennedy's make for amazing and wonderful people... that is not just the bias talking, lol. Thank you for visiting and commenting Klidstone!

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