Peter Pan story ends, life in the U.S. begins

Today I am posting the last two parts of a six-part video interview with my friend Maria, who talks about her family’s experiences before and after fleeing Cuba during the revolution of the late nineteen fifties and early nineteen sixties.  You can access the first two interview segments here, and the second two segments here.

In Part V, Maria tells us how the generosity of others when the family was living in Tacoma, WA, had a significant influence on her life today. “Does your desire to help others stem from these childhood experiences?” (four minutes, three seconds)

Ultimately, the family had to separate again, a situation that Maria says caused more pain than when they sent her alone to Miami.  Find out how her story ends.  (three minutes, forty-four seconds)  Thanks to Maria for agreeing to this interview, for being honest and speaking naturally without any advanced preparation or notes.  She obviously knows this story well.  (Apologies to viewers for the last few seconds of the video, after Maria’s story is over, which focus on my feet.)

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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