Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Sunday, September 7, 2014 11:23 am

“Guns and Butter,” or, What freedom cost my friends

Great article in Charlotte magazine about the Suarez family, next door to whom I lived from seventh grade until well after I had left for college (Raul and Teresa were in my class at school). Their story is amazing.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 12:37 pm

“Thank you, dear Lord, for this land of freedom.”

Filed under: Sad — Lex @ 12:37 pm

Roberto Suarez, 1928-2010.

Exiled from Cuba both under the dictator Batista and then, permanently, under the dictator Castro, he came to America with $5 in his pocket and achieved remarkable success while raising a family of 12, caring for aging in-laws, and roasting the most amazing pig. His bitterness about losing his homeland was great, but it was more than matched by his love for this country, the opportunity it gave him and the blessings it bestowed on him and his family.

More importantly, to me, he was my next-door neighbor from the time I was 12 until I left for college.

God be with my friends as they mourn.

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