I remember that here in Ecuador getting personalized Coca Cola bottles was really popular. I told Sr. Clare that I had seen all of the other sisters’ names on bottles, but hers was only in Spanish. I said that I was going to try to get one personalized and would give it to her as a gift. Sr. Clare cracked up laughing because she said that it was silly and not to give her anything. I was surprised the next day when I arrived at my university and saw the Coca Cola trucks parked there with long lines of people. I said, “I’ll go to class, but if the professor doesn’t show up, I’ll come back for Sister’s Coke.” That is what happened, when I arrived to class, my companions said that we had two hours free. I left running, got into the long line, and was able to get a bottle that said, “Clare SHM.” I took Sr. Clare a bottle of Coca Cola in the afternoon and she was really surprised because hers was personalized. She said that she didn’t want to drink it because it was so cool and she wanted it to stay like that always.
It has been really great remembering this moment because the joy that Sr. Clare showed was so special. I remember that same night I was a little sick and sad. She said to me, “Live what you have to live, because you will be happy that way even if you have a thousand problems. I am praying for you.”