Lourdes Rodriguez Nogues
I arrived at Kendall on February 10, 1961, at age 13, with my brother Enrique (Quiqui) who was 10. I stayed at Kendal for about a month and then we were relocated to Brooklyn , NY where we only stayed for 3 weeks (at St. Josep's Home). Our next destination was Inmaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children in Buffalo, NY. We relocated with our parents in October and moved with them to Puerto Rico. I now live in Boston and work as a psychologist. My brother lives in Puerto Rico.
I wrote my thesis in graduate school on the psychological implications of premature separation in Cuban unaccompanied minors (Boston University, 1983).
It is hard to share the Pedro Pan story in writing as it is so rich and of course, complex. In summary I have to say that the whole experience impacted me deeply and that, for good or for not so good, it made me into the woman I am today. And I am OK about that.