In the legend of El Dorado the legendary king Zipa used to cover his body in gold and, from his raft, he offered treasures to the Guatavita goddess in the middle of the sacred lake. This old Muisca tradition became the origin of El Dorado legend.El Dorado is also sometimes used as a metaphor to represent an ultimate prize or Holy Grail that one might spend their life seeking. It could represent true love, heaven, happiness, or success. It is used sometimes as a figure of speech to represent something much sought after that may not even exist, or at least may not ever be found. Wikipedia

We have a new restaurant in our little town, El Dorado.  It is run by El Salvadorian immigrants who came to the United States to escape the bitter life in their home country.  The owner, Simon, spoke softly with me of the memory of the years of war in their country, of brothers, friends and families lost, of a society that was shattered in a long war.  He shared with me the memory passed on to him by his father: of a time when his homeland was sufficient to provide its people a manner of living.  He came here when he was a young boy, not speaking our language.  Now he speaks it seamlessly.  He tells me he is the owner and created their menu.  They make good food.  So good that the new restaurant stays full through the lunch and dinner hours.  He is surprised that I know anything about his country, about the war, and what they endured.  He tells me he feels for the people of Iraq because he knows how the war affected him and his family.


Yesterday was the birthday of Oscar Romero, martyred bishop of El Salvador, who said: “Let us not tire of preaching love; it is the force that will overcome the world. Let us not tire of preaching love. Though we see that waves of violence succeed in drowning the fire of Christian love, love must win out; it is the only thing that can.”

 

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