Almanac: Love Was in the Air – The Union

by Hilton Gouveia*

Josefa Araújo Bostelman was not but 20 years previous when a Hudson-B2 plane belonging to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) “crashed” in the discipline, 198 km from João Pessoa, in the Carriri area of Serra Branca, Paraíba, his hometown went. After a pressured touchdown on the highway resulting in the city of Coixxola grew to become generally known as Lagoa do Panati.

The system carried the troops that might assure the elections in the municipality of Sousa in Sertao. But a fault in one among the engines contributed to the accident, which resulted in accidents solely to the mechanic, Rubens Bostelmann of Paraná. It was one afternoon on October 2, 1950, {that a} love story started from a close to-tragedy that resulted in nice happiness.

The one who helped “get out of the air” was Father João Marques. He welcomed the passengers and crew from the broken ship. Rubens, as a result of he was wounded, was taken to Recife, the capital of Pernambuco. He had a deep lower on his again and it apprehensive everybody. But he was healed after two months and went on tour for the feast of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the patron saint of the metropolis. There, amongst the numerous women gazing at the central pavilion, Rubens noticed Josefa.

The younger FAB sergeant approached and stated: “Do you imagine in love at first sight?”. “I do not imagine in previous love, not to mention love at first sight,” replied the woman.

The query served to begin a dialog between the couple, which went on for a number of hours. The aviator mechanic instructed him that he was dwelling in the rectory the place his earthly saviour, Father João Marques, lived. This time, he spent 5 days in Serra Branca. On the final day, as he was about to depart, Rubens requested Joseph if he might come to Serra Branca to have a good time Christmas that 12 months. He replied: “Of course. If the priest goes to host you, high-quality”. The woman made sweet. The younger man was a bit unhappy.

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A fortnight later, already throughout Christmas, Rubens returned to Serra Branca. Josepha nonetheless hadn’t thought of relationship that current relationship. Christmas handed with none nice information. Rubens, falling in love, nevertheless, is afraid to declare himself. Josefa, agency as a rock, with out giving a spoon. Watched carefully by her household and nonetheless undecided, she answered sure when he requested her if she might spend the holidays in Serra Branca. Yes… and no… as a result of he simply stated he knew.

It is nice to say that Rubens was stationed at FAB Air Base in Recife. In January 1951, he returned to Serra Branca, however he took the precaution of first acquiring permission from Josefa’s father, businessman Antonio Bezera de Souza, to talk to the woman at dwelling. At that point Bejera was one among the largest businessmen of Cariri. The consent was rapid. “The future father-in-law bought in the future son-in-law’s face”, Josefa joked.

After this dialog with the kinfolk of the future spouse, Rubens made 13 journeys from Teco-Teco to Serra Branca. He and Josefa agreed on a recognition code: the airplane took off over the store of his girlfriend’s father, climbed up, went right into a tailspin in the middle of the metropolis, then landed at the Serra Branca soccer discipline, the place Flamengo is at present situated. Is. He would fly over the metropolis to Riacho do Au, fly over the store and go in for a touchdown. Fathers João Marques and Josefa have been the first to satisfy Rubens. “We used to go on foot, as a result of the floor was all the time shut by”, he defined.

The first to sentence the look of Rubens’ airplane over Serra Branca was Maria Iris, Josefa’s sister, who shouted: “It’s Galician, it is Galician!”. and it was. White, blond and blue-eyed, Rubens was a typical German scion who had received the coronary heart of a younger girl from Cariri in Paraiba.

Already very jealous of her lover’s style, Josefa orders petrol by air in Campina Grande. Otherwise, Rubens wouldn’t have been capable of return to Recife. He has already purchased 40 liters of water. The Galicians arrived at 4 pm on Saturday and returned at 8 am on Sunday. It was a routine that Josepha didn’t like. One day, he pounced and stated that it could be higher if he did not come anymore. Rubens was disgusted, however they grew to become engaged six months after they started relationship.

In time: Muxoxo is a Brazilianism reproduced as a clicking sound made with the tongue that signifies displeasure or contempt. It is current in the Portuguese language, and originated in Luanda (Angola) in the Kimbundu language. It is denoted by the onomatopoeia “tsc”, and corresponds to a bilingual click on in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

The marriage ceremony passed off on May 2, 1952, 180 days after the engagement, at the Mother Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição in Serra Branca. A number of days later, the couple moved to Recife, the place they spent ten years. He additionally lived in Curitiba, the capital of Paraná, for 2 years. Born in Carriri, Dona Josefa discovered the southern chilly unusual. Of the six kids born to the couple, solely three have been alive at the time Josefa gave the interview: Luis, Susanna, and Roseanne.

Luis continued to dwell in Curitiba. He was a self-employed businessman. Susana was a dentist in Canonhas, in the inside of Santa Catarina. And Rosen labored as an obstetrician in New York in the United States. Josefa had six grandchildren out of three kids.

Despite main a really secluded love life, Josepha was the solely girl to marry in this manner, in an uncommon approach. She stated that Rubens was a really severe particular person. “Girls and even married ladies fawned over him, however he solely had eyes for me. I used to be pleased in 47 years of marriage. And I by no means knew about his different girlfriend after we have been relationship.

After an absence of greater than 50 years, the couple returned to Serra Branca. Rubens died on October 10, 1999. Four years earlier, he had obtained the title of Citizen of Serra-Branquenes. He retired with the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. During this era, he was the solely particular person in that pressure to dwell there. Any airplane passing over Serra Branca aroused Josefa’s curiosity. He held {a photograph} of a C-130 bomber, which FAB despatched to deliver Reubens to the United States. This was the final plane on which Rubens labored, typically piloting, typically sustaining.

Born in Río Negro, in the inside of Paraná, Rubens was the son of a German-Italian couple. His father, Heini Böstelmann, was married to Laura, whose final title Josefa just isn’t remembered. On one event when he reached Serra Branca, the river was full. Rubens, then, confirmed his qualities as swimmer: he parked the airplane on the different aspect and swam to achieve his girlfriend’s home. “He noticed no barrier between us. Whatever appeared, he conquered”, stated the widow, who died a couple of years after her husband’s loss of life.

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Josefa’s father, Antonio Bezera da Silva, had an emporium in Serra Branca that might be the forerunner of immediately’s grocery store. It bought every thing from espresso to sugar, clothes, footwear, and {hardware}. He preferred his son-in-law, feeling the sincerity of the boy. Josepha, Josepha’s daughter, regarded Rubens as one among her sons. Rubens’ Southern accent was hanging. In Serra Branca, folks have been amazed after they noticed him sipping Chimera.

Rubens’ folks obtained Josepha with out prejudice, though they have been amused by the woman’s northeastern accent. Before she died, Josefa nonetheless lives in the home the place she lived along with her husband for a few years in a central neighborhood of Serra Branca in the Cariri area of Paraíba. He spent his time taking a look at the images positioned in the frames, the place Rubens appeared, typically exhibiting his youth, typically having fun with his grandfatherly part.

* The article was initially revealed in the print version on January 15, 2023.

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