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Mother's Day 2007
5/12/2007 9:26:23 AM
A Cuban mother dies in exile after living these two lives.

Today I want to dedicate this message to Cuban mothers.  It is never easy to be a mother, but to be a Cuban mother deserves special consideration.

A Cuban mother lives in Cuba, inventing new ways to feed her children nutritious food in spite of shortages.  She may be wondering what she is going to come up with for the next meal.  She may be wondering about the doubtful future of her children, the time when they may have to go far away to work or to study in the countryside.  She may be mending old clothes, washing by hand and ironing to make sure that her children go to school clean and presentable.  She is an expert at improvising, and “doing without.”    I remember when my own mother was in that position.  I saw her brown hair become gray, and I remember her worried expression.  I knew of her unfailing faith and her hopes to see us free.

Bless this Cuban mother.

A Cuban mother lives in exile with her children.  She had to adapt, help her children adapt, learn a new language, and make a living for herself and her children.  She may have missed her own mother in her adaptation process.  She may have taken to the sea with her family in search of freedom.  She may have arrived, she may have perished.

Bless this Cuban mother.

A Cuban mother is in Cuba, missing her children who now live in exile.  She may wonder every day about their hard work, their sacrifices to send her money so that she can live a better life.  She tells her children not to worry, that she’s okay, that they don’t have to send her money every month.  She lives in the old house where her children grew up.  She still hears their youthful laughter echoing against the disheveled walls.  Sometimes her heart sinks in her chest… but she tells herself that she can do without them, as long as she knows they are free.

My mother was one of those mothers too.  We left one at a time.  She persisted against all odds until she saw us off.  She wrote to me about her faith in seeing us again soon, and her solace in knowing us free.

Bless this Cuban mother.

A Cuban mother dies in exile after living these two lives. 

Not long before she died, my mother told me that her greatest accomplishment in life had been to insist that we leave Cuba, in spite of her missing us, in spite of her doubts.  In order to achieve this she had to fight my father, who didn’t want to leave the country and didn’t want to see us go.  She sacrificed, and she lived to see us free.  She always celebrated this and I thank her for my freedom.

Bless this Cuban mother.


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