You spend your life wishing for the dessert you see through the glass and when they invite you in to offer you the slice you want, it turns out you’ve lost your appetite. Permission to hold more than one job has ceased to be a popular demand among us for many years, because it was assumed to be impossible. Its authorization has come at a time in which it is difficult to determine if it’s a step forward or a gesture of desperation.
Throughout the text of the Official Notice published in the newspaper Granma, I was pleasantly surprised to see that students at the middle and senior level are permitted to look for work while still qualifying as students. Five years in which you couldn’t work and earn a salary has led many to forgo entering the university because they don’t have a family that can afford clothes, food and transport during their student years. I know well what I’m talking about because while studying Philology—and being a mother—I had to work illegally as a city guide to support myself. Only then could I obtain the title I keep in the bottom drawer of the dresser. I know of many who until yesterday had to do the same, driven by economic reasons to skirt the laws or drop out.
The acceptance of moonlighting, however, has come late—even though it’s welcome—and has as its main obstacle the low level of wages. To have two occupations will not mean that we live doubly well, nor even a quarter part more comfortably. What the baker receives for working at night as a guard will not be enough to save his family from the black market, the diversion of resources or from emigration. The question isn’t the authorization to get a job in various labor centers, but what products can we buy with the devalued national money. The days would have to have some thirty hours, because only then would moonlighting provide us the necessities of life.