Tuesday, 21 May 2013

LUIZ ANTONIO AMORIM, my favourite cousin

When my cousin Luiz Antonio Amorim was born in Marília-SP in 1961, I who was then 12 years old had already left the so-called 'maiden-city' for the capital city São Paulo. I only had the chance to meet him when he was already a young teenager in one of my visits to Marília. We weren't contemporary: I was born in the late 1940s and Luiz Antonio was born in the early 1960s.

I travelled and lived abroad in the 1970s. When I was back in Brazil in the late 1970s I remember visiting Marilia and meeting a lot of my younger cousins whom I had never met before due to my having lived abroad too long and the age difference factor. I met Luiz Antonio... I thought he was a nice young man like all the others I had been introduced to.

Then, I travelled abroad again for most of the 1980s. When I was back in Brazil in the early 1990s I started visiting Marilia more often and that's when I really came to know Luiz Antonio better and realized we had a lot in common... even though he was a Leo and I a Taurean. 

Luiz Antonio and I had a passion for politics... left-wing politics. But it was not only party politics that bound us together but a whole philosophical approach to life. I used to spend a few days in Marilia each time and we talked for hours and hours on end. I usually was a guest at Uncle Luiz and aunt Eunice (his parents) so before we fell asleep in our separate beds we went on talking until we dropped.    
Luiz Antonio Amorim in April 1991... about the time we started a beautiful friendship.
Luiz Antonio with the Workers Party flag... His political work was our main bond...  It felt good to find out I had a cousin a had a lot in common with even though we were 12 years apart.
Rosana Frigo, Congressman José Genuíno and Luiz Antonio Amorim. Luiz & Rosana got married in ...
Gilberto, Luiz Antonio & older sister Raquel.
Luiz Amorim, Eunice Jamiwiski & her mother; the kids from left to right are: Raquel, Luiz Antonio, Gilberto, Rosana & Rogerio.
Alberto, Arthur, Luiz Antonio & Gilberto on a carriage on Rua Mato Grosso, Marília-SP - July 1972.
Luiz Amorim & Eunice Jamiswski in the 1960s.
Luiz Antonio, Rogerio & Gilberto in their bedroom...
Rosana Amorim & Wanderley's wedding.
Eunice, Rosana, Luiz Amorim & Luiz Antonio Amorim.
Luiz Antonio Amorim & Luiz Carlos Amorim... in the early 1990s in Marilia-SP.