Maria never thought that she would see fifty. She had never been able to comprehend it in her youth, but suddenly, here she was, with fifty in front of her, right in front of her, staring her in the face and she did not know what to do, how to act. There was a stunning silence everywhere, as if the world had just finished exhaling.
Maria never thought that she would see God either. And in all fairness, although she saw fifty, God was nowhere to be seen.