I was born in Guantánamo, Cuba and emigrated to the United States via Spain in 1963 with my parents and younger brother. We lived in Spain for nine months with my paternal grandfather’s family in the outskirts of Barcelona until our visas to the U.S. were issued. My uncle who my father worked with in Guantánamo had left Cuba a year before us, and after visiting border cities from California to Texas had settled in McAllen, Texas. When our visas to the U.S arrived we boarded the Covadonga a ship that sailed from Barcelona to New York City, and then flew to McAllen.
Living in McAllen was an adjustment for our family, but as the years passed, and we realized that dictator Fidel Castro was not going anywhere. We settled into our new home, and have lived in the Rio Grande Valley ever since. As fate would have it. I met my husband who is also Cuban in McAllen. We have been happily married for 43 years.
What I most wanted in life to be a wife and mother is what I am most proud of. We have three grown children, two sons and a daughter, and four grandsons. I believe the most rewarding accomplishment a person can have in life is to raise a family.