Christmas In Cuba

A vignette of life in Cuba begins thusly:

The money came in a white envelope, brought to the door by an agency — alternative and illegal — that distributes remittances. It was accompanied by a letter from the uncle who went to New Jersey thirty years ago and never returned. “Use it to celebrate Christmas,” he wrote, in his stylized handwriting, ending the note with a brief, “bye.” The lady closed the door, still in disbelief that the relative who emigrated had sent them, for the end of the year, these fifty dollars of salvation. She shouted to her son and daughter-in-law, while the great question started to take shape in her mind: “What will I buy?”

The story is a heartbreaking reminder of how very lucky we are to live in the United States, with all of its bounty and freedom.

Published in: on December 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

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