In a dimly lit hallway over 50 years ago a 17 year old immigrant busboy from Mexico named Juan Romero cradled his hand behind the neck of a fatally wounded United States senator and presidential candidate. With the senator's last breath he whispered to the young Mexican immigrant,"Things will be OK". Juan took rosary beads out of his pocket and shoved them into the hand of the dying senator in a last act of kindness before Robert Kennedy was whisked away.
In this cold hallway of death in 1968 this poor 17 year old Mexican immigrant high school kid comforted a dying presidential candidate from one of the wealthiest families in the United States. Juan had met the senator the day before while delivering room service and said, "He looked right through me. He didn't see race."
Juan Romero passed away this week at 68.
As the fabric of American unity tears under the strain of political division I can't help but recall Robert Kennedy's last words. "Things will be OK".
I might believe that if there were more poor like Juan Romero and wealthy like Robert Kennedy who shared the same vision for America, "Has anybody here seen my old friend Robert? Can you tell me where he's gone? He freed alot of people but the good they say die young. I just looked around and he was gone".
Rest in peace Juan Romero. You were more American then as a poor 17 year old immigrant busboy than most United States senators are today.
This is taken from the Facebook page of Greg Sawyers (2018)