Gloria responded wholeheartedly to a phrase from the early years, as we were getting to know each other: “amigas para siempre“. Women friends forever. In rural village life, family reigns supreme, not women friends. Various reasons account for that: families of Gloria and Minga’s era are large and the neighbors right around are probably family anyway, plus there is cultural pressure to keep family confidences within the family. But Gloria responded to the idea of women friends immediately and with a full heart. She is very happy when we are here.