Elsa calls Allie "super cool." The two women have a very special affinity for each other May 10, 2016 - Mexico
“Elsa and I have the ability to pick up right where we left off each time we talk and communicate," says Allie, Elsa's godmother.
Elsa sums up her relationship with her godmother Allie in two words - “muy chido” - very cool.
“When she visits, it's very special,” she says. “When she visits, I feel loved.”
Elsa has known her godmother, who lives in the U.S.A., since 2012. This is around the same time she joined the NPH family. She hails from Acapulco and remembers the exact date and time she arrived at the home: “Miercoles, 18 Julio, 12:00.” (Wednesday, July 18, 12 p.m.)
People who sponsor children at NPH through the Godparent Program are called godparents. The program helps in two ways. It creates a relationship that strengthens a child's self-esteem, and secondly it provides ongoing financial support for the care of the children.
“During my first trip to NPH, Elsa was the very first pequeña who said hello to me and asked me questions,” Allie writes from Phoenix, Arizona.
“I learned that she had just arrived two months earlier. She was so well-adjusted and her resiliency to embrace her new way of life was impressive. I never would have guessed she had just arrived.
"She was happy and thoughtful and she looked out for me during my first trip. I returned a few months later and once again I was met with a happy and wonderful girl.”
Elsa describes Allie as tall with green eyes. She plays a lot of tennis.
She is “super chida” - super cool, she says.
And why is she super cool?
“She listens to me. I can talk to her about anything,” says Elsa. It's “padre” when she visits, she says. The Spanish word padre is equivalent to the English word "cool.”
Allie echoes the sentiment.
“Elsa and I have the ability to pick up right where we left off each time we talk and communicate. It is like we were never apart! We start talking and talking about our lives, music, the places of the world, her studies … we laugh and have the best time together,” she writes in her email to NPH Mexico.
Elsa begins to reminisce. A broad smile forms across her face.
Last year Allie came to visit. They went out for tacos and ice cream on a Friday night and the next day they gathered Elsa's closest girlfriends and went out for pizza. They chatted in English because Allie does not speak Spanish.
“Era chida.” (It was cool.)
It's important to have godparents, says Elsa. They provide her and the other teens at the home with support, she says.
The feeling is mutual.
“I think Elsa knows that she can count on me to be honest with her, willing to help her in whatever path she takes in life and I will always be supportive and encouraging,” Allie writes.
The two write letters to one another. Allie often asks her about school, which Elsa is able to attend because of her godmother's donations.
“I am very grateful,” Elsa says.
“When I made the decision to become a godparent the only impact I wanted to make was to be present in her life and be a source of happiness,” writes Allie.
“Elsa’s determination and positive nature is contagious. Each time I see her or communicate with her I find myself feeling positive. When I think of her I smile.”
Oksana Lypowecky Communication Officer
You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson