Sunday, August 21, 2005
Greeting "Don Bobby"....
.... in the hospital hallway
When my husband said "hello Don Bobby" as we walked on the hallway outside his hospital room, it took me a second to realize who he was greeting: Bobby Valentín, famous, old-school Puerto Rican musician. Puerto Rican social customs dictate that elders be referred to with the honorific "Don" (for males) or "Doña" (for females) prior to the elder's first name. It struck me that, a musician who I perceive to have perennial youth, had crossed into elder realm in my husband's mind.
Searching for a link to a Bobby Valentín DVD my husband has, I can't find it, but I must recommend "La Boda de Ella" CD -- one of his best.