By Brendan and Sarah Burrow
Weaving collective nostalgia and distinct bicultural anecdotes, Antonio Sacre visited Indianapolis on February 17th and left a lucky few with the one thing that matters most: the aspiration to share more of themselves with others.
Imagine recounting your childhood to a total stranger. Would it be honest? Relatable? Would it be more than you anticipated revealing about who you are or what you’ve become? Antonio discloses to all who care to listen what it actually means to do just that. Being an enthusiastic and captivated listener steered his life to his current trajectory. Listening to his perspective of determinative and observational keenness lends credence to experiences in all of our lives, if only we can be as sensitive and compelled as he plainly is.
His stories are a measure of poetry, reflective prose, diverting satire, and unflappable intellect. Between describing his Irish-American mother and Cuban father white-knuckling long road trips with his twin brothers and him, and his uncle piling all 15 young cousins in an old station wagon, and what it means to learn how to swim the hard way, Antonio’s unique identification of the past emerging in the present not only keeps you guessing, but joyfully absorbed. You are on the journey with him, in his past, and not with instructive minutia, but vicarious indebtedness, which leaves you longing to again be a child, and simultaneously, a better adult.
Thank you, Mr. Sacre for reminding us how sweet a playful grandmother or an inventive mother can be; how humbling to recognize what we couldn’t see before, and the insight one might possess if he or she can only appreciate the cultural differences that make us rich with love, and hopeful for more love to give.