Irma Sofia Aguero Lopez
Irma Sofia's Story
Born in Camaguey, an only child. I attended "El colegio Teresiano" until it was closed around March 1961. While waiting for my visa, my mom kept me busy by taking English classes. I remember my dad and his wife took me to Havana for a "vacation" shortly before my departure date arrived. As I said goodbye to my dad at the train station I did not realize our separation would last a lifetime. I had been told my mom would be follwing me shortly; however, the missile crisis delayed those plans until 1966.
As we landed in Miami, I still remember the beautiful blue lights of the runway. My mom's cousin was there to greet me and assure me everything was fine. Then I boarded a bus to Florida City and after being greeted by the nuns, I went to the "Sivilla's house". This made the transition a lot easier, as the Sivilla's daughter was my friend and classmate in Camaguey. When I turned 15, there was a party and I danced the "waltz" with a family friend who was staying at Opa Locka. I would also spend some weekends at my cousins house. I stayed in Florida city until April of 64' when Amparo Mendigutia and I went to live at the Barrera's home in Hialeah. It was a very nice family who took good care of us (they had 3 daughters). "Ita" the grandmother taught me how to make chicken and rice, flan, and spaghetti sauce, also how to sew. I can honestly say I lived with a caring, loving family that made those critical teen years very easy.
My mom came in April of 66' and we settled in Hialeah. I graduated from Hialeah High, and went to work at Lindsey Hopkins Ed. Center for Dade County Schools. After 12 years I transferred to Miami Lakes Tech, where I was the Registrar until my retirement in 2003. I've been married for 36 years to John, a great husband and father, have two daughters, one is in the US Coast Guard and the other works for the University of Phoenix in Orlando. Have two beautiful grandaughters and one more on the way.
I count my blessings every day, I do not regret the decision my parents made as they did it for my benefit. I will always be thankful to this wonderful country who opened their arms and made their resources available so we would not have to live under comunism.