Leaving Cuba; Leaving Your Parents

RECEIVED Tue., Aug. 12, 2008

Dear Editor,
    In reference to the book review of Tastes Like Cuba printed on August 8 [“Book Reviews,” Food], I can relate with Mr. Machado, as I was also put on a plane by my parents. Being 16 years old at the time, it was partly an adventure, but one thing I kept asking myself was what was the reason for them to do such a thing, since it hurt to leave them, as well as leave the island I grew up on. While I have yet to read the book, I am sure he encountered similar problems that most teens arriving to Miami International Airport encountered. For me, I came under the umbrella of Operation Pedro Pan, going to a camp and eventually going to a high school, St. Edward’s. Like Mr. Machado, I did not see my parents for a couple of years, but somehow I was able to manage, as most of us did. The only thing that sort of upset me was that he was able to travel to Cuba, while I, as a “regular” Cuban-American, cannot, since it would be against the law to do so. I guess envy is part of it.
Raul Iglesias
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