The real and heartbreaking reason why El Chavo del 8 is an orphan

The real and heartbreaking reason why El Chavo del 8 is an orphan

In the neighborhood, in their own way, each of the neighbors tries to accommodate Chavo and make him feel “at home”

The story unfolds from all possible angles: an eight-year-old boy, without a family, poor, living alone in an old barrel, dreaming about the neighbor children’s toys, getting hit every time he makes a mistake, choosing a ham sandwich when you are offered the chance to make a wish. All around El Chavo del 8 mobilizes even the toughest.

Parties without loved ones, birthdays without parties and the ever-latent stigma, because it’s a universal law, if something bad happens, the first looks go to the homeless. Like that afternoon when a few objects disappeared in the neighborhood – Doña Clotilde’s clothes iron, Don Ramón’s shotgun and Doña Florinda’s underwear – and instead of opening an investigation and analyzing possible hypotheses, his neighbors accused him of a thief giving rise to the most heartbreaking and unjust scene of the whole series: the little boy gathers his few belongings on a square of fabric, ties it to a stick to make a precarious bag, and goes away without looking back. “Ratter, thief, thief”, he shouts to him and points to his people, his only family, this community which sheltered him and which stumbled and failed, knew how to give him love. Until the real criminal appears -a new neighbor, Mr. Hurtado-, and everything is cleared up because he is known, the child can be many things, but never a thief.

Without hard feelings and with a big heart, our 1.62 meter protagonist never loses his innocence. However. Even if you carry a heavy and painful backpack on your back. As its creator described it, Roberto Gomez Bolanosin the book The Diary of Chavo del Ocho –posthumous text of the actor who died on November 28, 2014 at the age of 85- His family history is worthy of a Mexican soap opera. In the spin off of his life, El Chavo could say that he never knew his father and only has a handful of memories of his mother, a woman who did what she could. That she left him in daycare because she was a single mom and worked long hours to cover family expenses. That every evening at the end of her day she went to pick him up, even if out of fatigue sometimes she didn’t realize which child she was being given and she took another, leaving him alone in the institution. Until one night she didn’t come to pick him up, and another night went by, and days went by, and we never heard from her again, and Chavo finally found herself housed in an orphanage .

Although Chilindrina loved her in silence, Chavo found in her a family: more than a friend, a sister

Although Chilindrina loved her in silence, Chavo found in her a family: more than a friend, a sister

Rodolfo Pietro Filiberto Raffaelo Guglielmi, that was his real name, never received a visitor while he was at home. Nor did a family appear with the intention of adopting him. On the contrary, he was abused by Mrs. Martina, a babysitter who did not like boys. Tired of crying and seeing his classmates sad, he understood at a very young age that he had to fend for himself, so he took the courage to face her carer and spoke on behalf of the group, told her she would leave if she didn’t stop abusing them. The threat backfired, because without a hint of humanity, the woman opened the door for him and told him that if he didn’t like it, he could leave. And Chavo left.

He walked alone and got lost for days, until a strong storm forced him to seek shelter and so he arrived in the neighborhood. This precise moment is reflected in an episode in which Mr Ramon and the chilindrina they show him an album of old photos. Turning the pages, they find a picture of the two children, so the father decides to go back in time and tell how this friendship started and what it was. the exact moment Chavo entered the neighborhood.

This is how 8’s Chavo comes to the neighborhood

According to his story, the images begin to be seen in retrospect, with the small figures. Father and daughter were in the yard taking pictures. When Don Ramón places the camera and tells Chilindrina where to stand to get out the best way, behind her appears a little boy carrying a stick with a cloth attached to hold his things. Wearing a checkered cap with ear flaps, huge beige trousers held up by orange suspenders, a striped shirt and barefoot, he places himself in front of the character embodied by Marie Antoinette of the Snowswho looks at him with surprise.

The exact moment Chavo arrives in the neighborhood (Photo: screenshot)

The exact moment Chavo arrives in the neighborhood (Photo: screenshot)

“Boy, did you have to cross just as I’m taking a picture of my daughter?”, the character of Ramon Valdes to blur it. El Chavo doesn’t say a single word and just stares at the man. Already kidnapped, he shouts again: “Child, what’s wrong with you?”, to which his answer leaves him speechless: “hungry”.

With great difficulty swallowing saliva, in a show of clear emotion, Don Ramón then offers him a ham cake. Hearing these words, the boy starts to jump with emotion, but the joy is short-lived: “And where am I going to get a ham cake?” asks his interlocutor, almost as poor as him.

The photo that triggered the memory turns black and white, and returns to the present of the episode. “Do you remember the day I gave you a pair of my father’s shoes?” Chilindrina asks him, and Chavo makes them emotional again: “How can I not remember them, if I still have them?”

Since that day, The boy live there. Arrived recently, he lived in apartment number 8, where an elderly lady adopted him. because he ensured it reminded him of his grandson. Some time later, the woman died, a new tenant arrived in Mr. Barriga’s neighborhood and the child had to move to the old barrel in the yard at the entrance to the complex.

Although for years it was believed that he lived in the barrel, it was learned some time later that his neighbors, seeing that he was again an orphan, had invited him to sleep over with them.he therefore spent one night in each accommodation and only entered the barrel when he felt like crying or spending time alone.

El Chavo in his barrel (Photo © 2015 Zuma Press/The Grosby Group)

El Chavo in his barrel (Photo © 2015 Zuma Press/The Grosby Group)

In an episode at school, with the Professor Jirafales In front of the class, El Chavo recounts a lesson with his classmates: “Animals that eat meat are called carnivores; animals that eat fruit are called frutivores; animals that eat everything are called rich”. For him, there was no better banquet than a ham sandwich or greater luxury than a hug from mom.

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