Until his last day.

Por Andrea Saldaña Rivera
Hasta su último día.

Until his last day.

“There are six million shots in a game of pool."
Albert Einstein

Billiards is a game of precision. Sometimes the balls collided in very different places than planned. The rooster"(That's what they called him, I never knew his name) told me affectionately “go chambona so you win me easy.” At my insistence, he had ended up accepting. He taught me what he knew about that game and sport. That was not part of his duties, as my father's employee. Such Once, it was the reason to feel for him that platonic love that no one knew.

The creation of billiards is attributed to a French and an English, who knows. I learned to use the words carambola, bands, pockets, pockets, tables, cloth, balls, cues, chalk and others. When my father arrived at the store, I continued playing with the Rooster before his complacent gaze. I always suspected that El Gallo tried to miss his shots and make the balls remain in an excellent position, so that I could make a carom in front of my father. He then promised to reward us.

The eventual prize was letting us play with his “balabushka”, https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Balabushkahis treasure, his splendid pool cue. I had bought it in the United States. It was after working hard days in a cotton field, picking. To him, it was more than just a pool cue. It was the tool with which he obtained additional income. Thanks to this, he came back in time to be at my birth. With the money, he managed to establish himself as an entrepreneur, tenacity is a quality that I hope to inherit. https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Salda%C3%B1a

Several times they wanted to buy it from him, he always refused. Then he told me: “the carambola commands, as long as it hits, you keep playing”. So he did, until his last day.


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