Maria Petronila Hernandez Valdivia

General Information
Current Name
Maria Petronila Hernandez Mills
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Maria Petronila Hernandez Valdivia
Age on Arrival
10
Date of Arrival
Friday, January 5, 1962
Relocated To
St. Patrick's Home, 5961 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento, CA
Stayed With
Blanca & Ramon Gordon, Florida City

Maria Petronila's Story

I was delivered to Florida City on January 5 1962, by “George” a name, my father made sure I knew upside down and sideways. I remember the night he told me I was to leave Cuba and come to the United S...

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Hola Maria Petronila, I have been meaning to write to you since the first day that I saw your posting, after all I am a great admirer of your mother's last name. My father's family was from Sancti Spiritus so who knows, we might be related. I was reading your story today, and the part where you mention your father been taken prisoner by the Castro government hit home. My father was also taken the morning of the invasion, for eleven long days we searched for him. We later found that he was being held at the University of Santa Clara where so many men were being held that for a while it was standing room only. Many people don't know this part of our history and blame the Cubans inside the island for not fighting during the invasion. Most people are ignorant to the fact that the people that could have fought were rounded up in advance, because Fidel was obiously advised of the invasion ahead of time. With respect to what was said to you in Florida City about your home town, I have always felt that Sancti Spiritus was one of the most beautifull charming places that I have seen on this earth. Your Pedro Pan Sister.

Message by Carmen Valdivia | Jul 14th 2009

Hola Maria Petronila No me conoces soy otra Pedro Pan, Maria Elena Pazos, estaba escribiendo mi historia, y me parecia muy larga, y me puse a ver lo que otros estaban haciendo, y di con la tuya... se parece en algo a la mia, mi padre también le dijo a mi madre en ese primer discurso de Fidel, que había que marcharse de Cuba, y que empezará a guardar cosas, pues pronto no tendríamos que comer en Cuba. me ha parecido una historia muy bonita, yo acabo de empezar la mía, pero no he publicado nada, quiero que la lean mi hermana y mis primos, que también son Pedro Pans, antes de publicarla. Sigue así, hay que contar todo, incluyedno los miedos, y sustos! Me pareció muy simpático lo que te paso en Florida City, eso le pasa a cualquiera, si algún día nos conocemos te conaré lo que le paso a mi hermana.....!!!! Un abrazo y sigue contando es muy bonito

Message by Maria E Pazos Alvarez | Jul 14th 2009

But, Petronila, what were you feeling while in Sacramento? Dig deeper yet. Get beyond the facts. Better yet inject more feeling into the facts of the narrative. Surely, you must have felt very lonely and frightened every once in a while; confused and in dispair as well at other times. "No echabas de menos?" No doubt "sollozabas" at night in bed. Didn't you have a broken heart? Did you and the other Pedro Pan kids in Sacramento lean on each other for mutual support? Did you share "la angustia" of being separated from your parents. Petronila, dig even deeper yet into your heart and let it all pour out. I want to hear it all! Make me cry!

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jul 13th 2009

Thank you, Mary....it takes a while to get used to it! Definitivamente, el disfruto todo lo que pudo!

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jul 13th 2009

Hi Maria, Thank you for your comment. I think it’s a great idea. I found this website the day that it started. I think this was a sign that it was time for me to revisit my past. Leaving my parents and living in an orphanage was a very traumatic experience for me, and I have blocked many of my experiences. So now, I am on a quest to find the rest of my Pedro Pan family from St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Helena, Montana. I want to regain my memories. God must be in agreement with my quest, because since this weekend I have found 8 of my brothers & sisters all over the United States. I have given them the website and told them to log in and update their information and to pass it on to everyone they know. I have spent everyday on the computer and on the phone. It has been such a joyful experience to speak with them again. In these few days I have remembered more than I have ever remembered. Next week, so far 5 of us who live in Florida are going to reunite at my home. I think it’s about time that we all tell our story to the world and try to release our painful past. Muchos carinos para otra hermana Pedro Pan, Vivian

Message by Vivian A McCombie y Salort | Jul 9th 2009

Hola Mary, Al fin me registre. Me entretuve mucho leyendo los mensajes que te han enviado otros Pedro Panes. Gracias por tenerme al tanto de todos estos eventos. Muchos carinos, Miriam

Message by Miriam Fernandez Coto | Jul 3rd 2009

Enhorabuena Maria Petonila ! Que bonito escriben los Tuinucuenses. Saludos de tu hermano Pedro Pan de La Coruña. Luis Rivas.

Message by Luis Rivas | Jul 1st 2009

Hola Mary, si voy a escribir en cuanto pueda mi historia. No se si te conte que yo trabajo para Catholic Charities con los Refugiados, llevo 15 anos atendiendolos y me siento que le estoy devolviendo algo a la vida de esta forma. Oy Mary le estaba sujiriendo a Billy que se encargue de hacer una reunion con la gente de Tuinucu, tu no crees? A El le encanta un lio de esos!Claro que tendriamos que ayudarlo! carinos,

Message by Betty Gonzalez Penton | Jun 30th 2009

La idea de los Pedro Pan es esto..hablar de nuestras experiencias con gente que paso la soledad de los ninos separados de sus familias....nos hicimos adultos "de sopeton"...con lo protegidos que eramos de ninos rodeados de nuestras tias, abuelas y abuelos...yo nunca mas vi a mi abuela Mercedes...ni a una de mis tias mas queridas Anita...las recuerdo diciendome adios desde el balcon...mi tia murio de "dengue"...una de las enfermedades que la nueva Cuba produce, antes que mi abuela. Pero en fin ese es el resultado de los malos gobiernos...por eso mejor ha sido criarnos dentro de la indepencia de los E.U. Billy Espinosa es un gran amigo de nuestro circulo de jovenes en New Orleans..nosotros llegamos a irnos de Chicago huyendole al frio, y en Miami no habia trabajo. Terminamos en New Orleans donde tuvimos una gran colonia cubana y bastantes Pedro Pans. Es un placer compartir contigo, y si conoces a Billy, pues ya tenemos otro amigo en comun.

Message by Emma A. Botet Zuloaga | Jun 28th 2009

María Petronila, Yo, igualmente, te agradezco mucho que nos hayas enviado tu historia; todos los Pedro Panes tenemos mucho en común, y es una bendición poder recordar. Gracias por escribirme, P. Fernando

Message by Fernando Rubio Boitel | Jun 28th 2009

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