The Wait

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My mother shifts from side to side. She stands first on one leg and then the other, while I wrap my skinny 7-year-old arms around her hips. What is the line for? I don’t know, perhaps we’re at the bus stop, or outside a shop where they had plates, or in front of the drugstore to buy some aspirin. It’s a long line in the sun and it seems that our turn never comes.

She fans herself. Keeps shifting from right to left. With this movement my mother – almost oblivious – is teaching me the art of waiting, the exercise of patience to deal with the long lines that are waiting for me.

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20 thoughts on “The Wait

  1. @#17
    I thought the “miles de habitantes” died & die (over 20,000 in the las 4 years?) at the hands of the drug cartels …
    Since “las cosas” are so bad in Arizona specially because no tener derechos civiles … why not stay in Mexico where you do have them …
    I believe the treatment of “illegals” in the US is far, far better than in other countries around the world, down to the support from churches & civil groups.
    Lets not forget the benefits of free education (in spanish) the “birth right” citizenship, the entitlements of food, housing & medical care.
    Perhaps you should research & read the inmigration laws of Mexico …
    Theirs are a lot more strict, w/no entitlement or compassion.
    Please, estudia y piensa antes de opinar … aun asi, gracias por la expresion de su opinion, buena suerte amigo!

  2. Guillermo said,
    “..me (that should be “mi”) consejo a los cubanos, es no se quejen tanto, que podrian estar aca!” (USA)

    Guillermo! Mi amigo! THEY ALL WANT TO BE HERE YOU MORON!

  3. Sid! Guillermo! WELCOME! VIENVENIDOS “REVOLUTIONARY RATS”! ANOTHER SEX CHANGE?Same OLD MIERDA that “THE MUMMY” is trying to do with his APOCALYPTIC/CASTRODAMUS predictions and THAT IS take away the focus on the things at hand! KEEP IT UP GUYS/GIRLS and others IN BETWEEN! THE AVALANCHITO IS HERE FOR YOU!

  4. La verdad es que en Cuba no mueren miles de habitantes por acciones militares como sucede en Mexico.

    Y si quieren voltear a los USA a tomar inspiracion, dejame decirte que en Arizona no tenemos derechos civiles.

    me consejo a los cubanos, es no se quejen tanto, que podrian estar aca!

  5. sure, those cubanos y cubanas are day to night training for officinas de emplejo, that will appear on every corner when there will be no Venecuban economy. However bad, you are in a better situation than the people of Guatemala, don ´t you think?

  6. CUBAN GOVERMENT TROUPS INTIMIDATING, ASSAULTING AND PREVENTING REINA LUISA TAMAYO FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IN BANES, HOLGUIN.

    Reina Luisa Tamayo Danger is a Cuban grandmother born in the island’s eastern city of Santiago. Orlando Zapata Tamayo, one of her four children, was a bricklayer by trade and a nonviolent democracy activist. Zapata was adopted as an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience after he was arrested and imprisoned during the Cuban regime’s 2003 “Black Spring” crackdown. Throughout her son’s imprisonment, Reina engaged in peaceful marches and activism for his release as a member of the Ladies in White, made up of relatives of Cuban political prisoners. Orlando Zapata Tamayo was serving a 25 year sentence on charges of died on February 23, 2010, after being denied water and adequate medical care by prison officials while on a prolonged hunger strike demanding respect for his basic rights. Reina continues to brave beatings from State Security agents and harassment to lead weekly marches from Our Lady of Charity Catholic Church to her son’s grave in the city of Banes, where she resides.

    PHOTOS UPLOADED BY YOANI SANCHEZ
    http://twitpic.com/2cw3wu

    Reina Luisa Tamayo denuncia la represión de que es víctima

  7. Well, I leave it to you all to think about these policies!

    *** La política brutal y violenta de intolerancia a la critica!
    *** La implemetacion de el CUC. como “moneda convertible”.(mascara que cubre el apartheid turistico impuesto a el pueblo de Cuba por la dictadura de los Castro)

    *** La implementación de la ley de inversions extranjeras!
    Las leyes ANTICUBANAS creadas e impuestas por los Castro son las que impiden el desarrollo social y económico de los Cubanos. Son estas injustas leyes las que marginan al Cubano a la dependecia económica y política de el régimen totalitario de los hermanos Castro, esta dependencia garantiza a los dictadores Castro el poder de manipular a la población Cubana a su antojo. A la vez que estas leyes sirven de pretexto a la dictadura para DISCRIMINAR Y SEGREGAR A LOS CUBANOS DE LAS ZONAS DE TURISMO.

  8. Any “friend” of Castro’s regimen has any substantiated argument that justify these racist, discriminatory and ANTI-CUBANS policies?

    I just want to know what is the excuse to discriminate us. I would like to know, why are the communist in Cuba offering a foreigner the opportunity to develop economically while forbidden Cubans to benefit from the same opportunities that our country offers for economic growth. I want to know, why our national currency THE CUBAN PESO is evaluated inferior to an artificial currency created to segregate us. Why our money is not good in tourist zones?, why can’t we pay with the currency the Cuban government pays our salaries?

  9. ANONIMO,

    Any thoughts about these ANTICUBAN policies implemented by Castro’s regimen?

    Clearly they are ANTICUBAN, RACIST, SEGREGATIVE AND DISCRIMINATORY!

    Don’t you agree?

    * Castro cyber-terrorist group is active today!

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  10. For those who are here in support of Castro’s dictatorship!
    Can you provide a substantiated argument that justify Castro’s ANTICUBAN policies?
    The violent and brutal policy of intolerance towards those who criticize their ineptitude as a government.
    The RACIST AND SEGREGATIONIST policy of tourist APARTHEID imposed to Cubans, and implemented through a double monetary policy that rejects the Cuban pesos as a form of payments in tourist zones, while demanding a payment in CUC., an artificial currency valued at an unjust exchange rate against the Cuban peso, that does not reflect the acquisition power of the Cuban people and it was created and imposed to disguised this policy of segregation to Cubans.
    The “foreign investment act”, a DISCRIMINATORY policy that promotes the economic growth of foreign investor, while forbidding Cubans the same opportunities of economic development.

  11. Thank you Joani,
    for bringing your close world in our everyday, so different lives.
    Katia

  12. THE SO CALLED “FIDEL”, OR AS I LIKE TO CALL HIM “THE MUMMY” MADE A SHORT AND IMPASSIONED SPEECH ON “THE SAME BOOGIE MAN CRAP” TOPICS THAT ARE HIS TRADEMARK, BUT HE FAILED TO TOUCH ON ANY DOMESTIC ISSUES. WHY? TO SHIFT TO FOCUS ON THE RECENTLY RELEASED PRISONERS AND CUBA’S DIRE ECONOMY AND MAYBE THE FACT THAT I STILL THINK THIS “FIDEL” IS AN IMPOSTOR. HISTORY WILL PROVE ME RIGHT WHEN ALL FACTS ARE REVEALED IN THE NOT SO DISTANT FUTURE. AND WELLCOME BACK TO OUR “REVOLUTIONARY RATS”!SPECIALLY OUR LOVELY TRANSGENDER “KARINA”!! CIAO MAMA!!

    CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: Fidel Castro warns of nuclear war, climate change – ignores Cuba issues-By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer / August 8, 2010 -Fidel Castro spoke to Cuba’s Parliament for the first time in four years on Saturday, but once again failed to address domestic issues while expounding on climate change, the threat of nuclear war, and the US role on the world stage.
    Mexico City -In his first official government act in four years, Fidel Castro only spoke for about 10 minutes to the Cuban Parliament Saturday, nowhere near the hours-long orations that marked nearly 50 years of the revolutionary leader’s presidency.

    And instead of thundering on about Cuba and the issues that most Cubans care about, including economic reform and freedom of expression, he stayed close to the subjects that have marked his words since ceding power to his younger brother Raúl Castro, including the threat of nuclear war and climate change.

    “If there is a war, the current social order will disappear abruptly and the price will be immensely higher,” Mr. Castro said at the Parliament Saturday morning. “The planet’s population could be regulated. Renewable resources can be preserved. Climate change can be prevented.”

    “What continues to be noteworthy is that he is speaking about everything but Cuban domestic policy,” says Philip Peters, a Cuba expert at the conservative Lexington Institute think tank in Arlington, Va. “He has said nothing about prisoner releases, and nothing about economic policy.”

    Fidel’s recent appearances
    In the past few weeks, Mr. Castro, who reportedly came close to death in 2006 when he temporarily, and later permanently, stepped down from office, has reappeared in public life, making appearances to small groups and granting an interview aired on state television.

    In his performance Saturday, he wore the standard olive-green uniform of his past rather than the track suit that has come to symbolize his recovery period.

    Analysts have long suspected Castro of wielding considerable clout in the political affairs of the country behind the scenes. He is still head of the Communist Party, and writes in the state communist newspaper Granma. His recent appearances have raised speculation that he will assume a more public role after years in almost complete seclusion.

    Most of his writings and themes have revolved around potential US-led attacks against Iran and North Korea and the dire consequences for each scenario. His reemergence in Cuba comes as President Raúl Castro announced that government controls on small businesses will be scaled back and as Cuba moves forward in its promise to release political prisoners.

    Conflicting emotions
    Last week, the award-winning blogger Yoani Sanchez, a Cuban critical of the government, wrote a column translated and published in The Washington Post, saying that Castro’s reappearance has generated conflicting emotions.

    “Many analysts have pointed out that the man who was known as the Maximum Leader is hardly qualified to assess the innumerable problems in his own country …,” she wrote. “This pattern is familiar, with his discussions of the world’s environmental problems, the exhaustion of capitalism as a system and, most recently, predictions of nuclear war. Others see a veiled discontent in his apparent indifference toward events in Cuba. Yet this thinking forgets the maxim: Even if he doesn’t censure, if Caesar does not applaud, things go badly. It is unthinkable that Fidel Castro is unaware of the appetite for change that is devouring the Cuban political class; it would be naive to believe that he approves.”

    STORY: Meet Cuba’s best-known Generation-Y blogger

    His supporters seemed to care little about what he said Saturday, putting their attention on the appearance itself. As he entered Parliament, members called out in unison, “Long live Fidel!”

    Castro spoke briefly and then sat next to Ricardo Alarcón, who is the head of the Parliament. It was his first joint appearance with his brother Raúl since the handover of power.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2010/0808/Fidel-Castro-warns-of-nuclear-war-climate-change-ignores-Cuba-issues

  13. My God, Anonimo, have you ever waited in Canada for hours for toilet paper, milk or bread? Your comment is not only aggressive but stupid to the extremes…

  14. …and of course some people are still waiting for Fidel to die.
    But look yesterday despite predictions from the brainwashed who ‘live’ on this site he addressed the National Assembly – looks pretty fit to me!

    Cuba’s former President, Fidel Castro, has continued his return to the public eye with a speech to the country’s parliament. The BBC’s Michael Voss was there to analyse what the “Commandante” said.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-10905596

  15. Anónimo

    Agosto 7th, 2010 at 19:10
    we in canada have to wait in the cold .no big deal yoani..and in cuba what else is there to do but wait…you don t work
    ********************************

    -In Canada you wait in the cold weather but you eat good right? no big deal. In Cuba people wait, wait, and wait in the hot weather and they don’t eat.

    -Yoani Sanchez don’t work because Fidel Castro don’t allow her to work we all know that, the rest of the world know that.

  16. we in canada have to wait in the cold .no big deal yoani..and in cuba what else is there to do but wait…you don t work

  17. ***
    Waiting in line to by anything was normal in the U.S.S.R. Communism provides scarcity and poverty for most people.
    ***
    And there are reports in the U.S. press that 25 percent of Cubans will lose their jobs! Like they said in the U.S.S.R., “The government pretends to pay us, and we pretend to work!”
    ***
    Esperando en linea para comprar cualquier cosa fue normal en los U.S.S.R. Communismo da falta y pobresa a la mayorea de la gente.
    ***
    Y hay reportes en la prensa en los Estados Unidos que 25 porciento de Cubanos van a perder sus trabajos! Como dieron en los U.S.S.R., “El gobierno pretenda pagarnos, y pretendemos trabajar!”
    ***
    John Bibb
    ***

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