Your Why by Carlos M. Cruz
My Family's Story
I had a loving childhood full of so many wonderful things. I never knew how poor my family was until I got old enough to understand our circumstances. My Dad was forced to leave his beloved Cuba due to the brutal socialist revolution and emigrate to Spain. My Mom had the opportunity to fly to Miami to be reunited with her family members who made it out earlier before the dreaded Castro storm. Whoever believes socialism and communism is the way to go is gravely mistaken. My parents had the unfortunate pleasure of living under the Castro regime from 1959-1965. My Dad and his ex-wife divorced due to the ruthless Castro indoctrination which outlawed religion, forbade individual rights, divided families, and confiscated property. It destroyed the individual's will to dream and achieve.
After about a year in Spain, my father made it to the states to reunite with my mom. Most Cuban exiles at the time spent several years in Spain as their paperwork made it through the bureaucracy before obtaining their exit visa.
"Because it takes an average of three years to get in here to see you, but I have a wife over there that needs me."