Madrid, Feb 23 (EFE) .- In 2015 Cisco García suffered an accident that left him without mobility from the waist down, but nine months later he had already “normalized” going in a wheelchair because, if something is clear to the tennis player, it is that “you never have to give up”, one of the messages he launches in the children’s book “Companions of adventures.
García liked to snowboard with his friends, but one fateful December 28 a fall made his life change, not that it did not end, because the man from Cordoba (1982) turned the tables with the best of his smiles and he raced on the back of his new traveling companion until he was currently number 64 in the world in the ITF ranking and fifth in Spain in the chair tennis circuit.
A life lesson that he gave to the world, not only to sports, and that now, together with his wife Raquel Rostro, doctor of the Palliative Unit in a Cordovan hospital, moves the smallest children of the house, those who ” better normalize “certain situations to which adults continue to go wide.
“When Gonzalo was born I posted a photo on social networks with a text in which I write that I hope he falls many times because that means that he will get up many times. I mean that you have to make an effort and not be afraid to live. They are small teachings that we want to teach with this book. Things appear in life that we do not like but that we can live with “, explains to Efe García.
And this was the germ of this book whose subtitle is “The family that never surrendered” (Beascoa), and in which they have erected their son as narrator, a one-year-old baby who in these pages has become 3 years to make it credible that he is the one who tells the adventures of his family, of his “team”, and thus be able to “get into all the houses” with the aim of showing his “philosophy of life”.
Although, García clarifies, in “Companions of adventures. The family that never surrendered” they are aware that they do not “discover gunpowder”, but that they try to remember that life is to be lived.
“On a daily basis we forget the positive, it even happens to me when I have a bad day and that is why sometimes it is good for me to read ‘Unbreakable’ (the book where he tells his story),” he points out while acknowledging that the work of his wife, who “sees people who are going to die in a few days”, also gives them “a lot of reality and perspective” in their daily life.
And reality, but also tenderness and closeness, is what transmits this story based on parts of García’s life in which it is his son who tells how the life of this family, where he explains what they do when they face situations like that his dad’s chair does not fit into the aisle of a plane or how they have to push him if they are going to walk up the mountain and there is a very difficult climb.
Experiences that the tennis player has lived in his own flesh and that he now takes to the world of children thanks to the illustrations of María Perera. “My wife looks a lot alike,” he laughs.
“This book is also a way to raise awareness in society that you have to adapt to everything to live in the best way, and also a way to normalize that when you can’t do something, nothing happens,” he highlights.
A conclusion that must be reached after having put everything on our side, everything. And this is where García confesses that in the book he has included as a little story a personal story that he lived in Costa Rica with an injured turtle.
Specifically, Gonzalo is the one who says that on a trip to this country they went to see how the turtles laid eggs, and they realized that there was one that was slower than the others because it was missing a leg. But the turtle got where he wanted a hole dug to keep his future children because he was a “fighting turtle.”
“I don’t mind saying it, and I’m even ashamed to say it, but in a chair you can do everything, almost everything, but clenching your teeth more because you’re always going to have some difficulties,” concludes this athlete who would like the stories of Gonzalo and his family had a long publishing life.