Yet another email that makes all the hard work worthwhile:
I was born in September, 1960 and came over to the United States when I was 40 days old. Thanks to my parents, I speak and read Spanish fluently. I grew up in Miami Beach among many Anglo, Jewish and African American friends.
My weekends were more Flannigan’s disco beats instead of the expected Salon Azul salsa tunes. As I grew older the non-Cuban influences took a greater share of my growth and an emptyness developed inside. When I saw prominent Cuban-Americans in our community that wore their heritage proud, especially those that came to this country in the early years as I did, I felt as if I was missing something. I felt that I was missing a true Cuban core.
Actor Andy Garcia, musicians and entrepreneaurs Emilio and Gloria Estefan are just a few that always appeard to me to be more Cuban than I was. Some of this emptiness inside developed because I don’t smoke the Cuban cigars, don’t have a Guayabera in my closet, probably give myself a 3 at dancing salsa, but a 10 at any hip-hop or English language dance beat.
It must have been this past Tuesday morning when I stumbled on your website “babalublog.com.” I was searching the internet for “castro (I’ve learned lower case) death watch” and there you popped up. As I read your postings and linked to some of the MSM articles that have been published during the last few days, I realized that my core is pure CUBAN. The sickening effect that I felt and disgust with the ignorance or socialist, leftist mindsets that partake in today’s media, felt as if “un punson caliente” was being inserted into each of our Cuban hearts with each pro-tyrant article that was written.
I THANK YOU because your website has demonstrated to me that I am 100% CUBAN-AMERICAN. I have no inner void!!! I may not smoke the stogie or dress that “guayabera de hilo” but my heart feels what many in our community feels….and with a passion!!!
Congratulations on hitting the 1 Million mark. I must admit, I check in with babalublog.com a minimum of 20 to 30 times daily to check in on the latest news. I don’t know why I check in so often….it must be my inner CUBAN CORE formerly known as that core that felt as if something was missing.
Congratulations and thank you!!!!
BTW…..I found an excellent an excellent profile of Cuba and it’s dictatorship at the link below. You may have already stumbled on this in the past. For me atleast…it provided some history that I was never aware of and clarified other’s that I knew superficially.