But we knew that even though the polls say even the exile community had slowly begun to change its mind, there had to be plenty of raw feelings against it.
This article, posted in USA Today reflects that concern. The writer's mother is not a rabid opponent, but expresses her true inner conflict at the sudden change. Yet, in the end, she states she's ready to return.
I took my wife back to her home town in Cuba last year, which she had left without her family at age six. We went to her former home in the Vista Alegre neighborhood of Santiago de Cuba, and the new occupants, (the house was divided in half and two families occupy it) let her in. All she recognized was the tile floor. It did not leave her with a warm and fuzzy feeling. And the driveway was now filled with a three story multi-residential building. Yet, even my wife is very positive about the new moves, and we welcome the ability to help her family more and to visit often. We've done so almost ten times since 2010.
A couple of quotes from the article:
"Voices: For those who fled Cuba, a struggle to understand
U.S. officials at the flag-raising ceremony gave out small pins with the American and Cuban flags crossing in unison. A tiny trinket, but one I thought she'd appreciate since she fled that communist country in 1965 and has never returned. My mother, neither quiet nor shy, looked down at the pin in her palm for a few moments, closed her hand and walked away without saying a word.
She wasn't angry or depressed. She wasn't exuberant, either. Instead, her reaction embodied what I've seen as a conflicted response from the older Cuban-American community in this country as it grapples with a world that's changing so quickly around it.
'It felt weird," she said after I pressed her. "I love both of those flags, but seeing that left me confused.'"
"Gomez is a Miami-based correspondent for USA TODAY."
For Those Who Fled Cuba - A Struggle to Understand - USA Today Article