By Luis M. Garcia
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Indd 30 29/3/06 1:15:21 PM MISSILES IN PARADISE about the pork and gone back to arguing about something else, like the baseball. It’s paradise. I don’t know this now but within days, paradise will be no more. One night my father arrives home from Banes pretty excited. The Americans, he says, are ready to invade Cuba. It’s everywhere on the television, in the paper and on the radio— Fidel says he knows for sure that the Yankee imperialists are readying to invade Cuba, and that brave, revolutionary Cubans will fight to the last drop of blood to defend their country.
Indd 39 29/3/06 1:15:25 PM that desk. I am petrified, but from the corner of my eye I can see her, I can see Flor, my teacher, my saviour, coming towards us, and then as she gets to me she hugs me and she looks at my father and says something like, I am sure he is not going anywhere, Luis . . I am sure, and she keeps hugging me until my father walks out. And eventually I stop crying. It doesn’t take me long to discover that despite my initial reservations, I am going to enjoy school after all.
It was a U2, an American spy plane with powerful cameras that allow the pilot to take photographs so precise, my father has been told, they can see all the way over in Washington whether you have hung out the washing that morning. Now we all know things are getting serious. As my father tells it, every morning for weeks, while my mother and my brother and I have been enjoying the beach, Banes has been buzzed by American U2 planes, flying really close to the houses, up and down the area, presumably taking pictures of people’s washing.
Child of the Revolution: Growing up in Castro's Cuba by Luis M. Garcia