Ana Isabel Alvarez Saiz

General Information
Current Name
Ana Isabel Alvarez Saiz
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Ana Isabel Alvarez Saiz
Age on Arrival
9
Date of Arrival
Sunday, January 28, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City

Ana Isabel's Story

On Sunday, Janaury 28th, 1962, I flew into Miami's Wilcox Field having left behind my Mami, Papi & Abuela. Never in my 9 year old imagination would I have knows that the image of them waving at me th...

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Ana, Monette and Bob would be so proud of what you wrote. They were so happy to have you for a daughter. They loved you. And if you remember, Jaymo and I never fought, we always studied. Love you.

Message by Chuck | Aug 28th 2009

Hola Ana, Como estas? Dicen que el mundo es chiquito y es verdad. Si yo estudie en George Washington H.S. y si conocia a un joven llamado Indalecio que tiene dos primas una Carola y la otra Carmen. Trato de recordar como eres pero disculpa no me recuerdo...quizas si veo una foto tuya. Van hacer tres semanas que perdi a mi querida Mama...E.P.D. de cancer cervical figurate me ha sido durisimo ya que el cancer lo tuvo por dos anos y yo era unica hija pero al mismo tiempo le doy gracias a Dios que no sufrio al final y que esta descansando en paz. Tu tambien viniste por PP igual que yo y mis dos primos....increible! Espero volver saber de ti.

Message by Beatriz | Aug 24th 2009

Hi Ana Isabel. Que sorpresa! No sabia que tu tambien eras PP, pense que tu te quedastes con tu tia Irma. Se que Isabelita, Bebita y Lucri tambien son Pedro Panes. Ley tu historia y me dio mucha alegria que tu tambien tuvistes una buena experiencia. Tiene que haber sido tan dificil para nuestros padres mandarnos solas tan pequenas para los EU. Despues de haber tenido mis hijos, me imagine estar en el lugar de ellos, y se que hubiera echo lo mismo. Me hubiera partido el corazon y mi vida hubiera sido miserable y triste, pero se que nos tenian tanto amor, que hicieron ese sacrificio por salvernos de un infierno en Cuba. Nunca hable de esto con mi mama mientras estubo viva, pues se que el recuerdo le dolia mucho. Pero ahora pienso que debimos haber hablado para que ella supiera que no le guardavamos ningun rincor, al contrario, ella siempre fue y sera mi heroe, siempre tan fuerte y dispuesta a todo. Nunca le tenia miedo a nada. Era algo increible y estoy muy orgullosa de haber sido su hija. Mi padre era un santo y se que nos adoraba. Como se murio tan pronto despues de haber llegado de Cuba, no tuve mucho tiempo de conocerlo ya despues de mayor. Pero me recuerdo que de nina era el mejor padre del mundo. Todos los dias lo esperabamos a que llegara a la casa como si el fuera el mejor regalo. Nos daba carinos y abrasos, sonreia al vernos y siempre decia, como estan mis jimas? Nos traia un vaso de leche caliente a la cama como a las 11:00 pm, ya despues que estavamos dormidas, el nos levantava y nos daba un vaso de leche. Que locura, despertar a un hijo dormido, pero si nos espavilavamos y no volviamos a dormir, el se sentaba y nos leia cuentos, no se ponia bravo. Tanto amor nos dio que me lleno el corazon por el resto de mi vida. "My cup runeth over" con el recuerdo de mis padres. Me imagino todo lo que ellos sufrieron por nuestro bien. Espero que al final ellos se dieron cuenta que todo valio la pena y nunca le guardamos ningun rincor por separarnos de ellos. Bueno, ahora ya tengo tu email y tu el mio. I hope we will keep in touch. Mucho carino, Silvy

Message by Silvia Covas | May 28th 2009

Thank you for sharing your story. It was superbly written and an inspiration to all. God Bless.

Message by Enid | May 28th 2009

Love the way you explained everything, few words but all your experience in it.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | May 22nd 2009

I loved your story!!! I didn't really know your entire story and can only imagine how frightened you were... Can't wait for Gill to read it too :o)

Message by Marissabel Alvarez | May 21st 2009

Anita...I am so touched by this. I had no idea. I was up in NJ when this happened, and until I read the Herald this past weekend, I did not know much about it. My heart is just breaking when I think of how your parents, and the parents of others sacrificed so much to send their children to freedom. Wow....talk about eye opening. Thank you for sharing this. I am so moved by your words and your story!

Message by Denise | May 21st 2009

I have been following this series in the Herald & clearly rememeber the first Cuban students to enroll at my Catholic elementary school. Reading your story is humbling; all of you (and your parents) were incredibly brave!

Message by Lindie Merritt | May 21st 2009

Ana, You also made me cry! This was a very sweet story and an eye-opener--I thought you came over in a motor boat! Truly! I've told this story to so many people and now I fell like I need to tell them all the truth. Ah well, thanks for sharing such a beautiful, heartfelt account. (I think you might have glamorized some of our family life--remember Chuck and Jaymo fighting from the basement to the second floor?) And we were very lucky to get such a kind, generous, loving person as yourself. XOX

Message by Marion | May 20th 2009

I have a similar story, I also came to the U.S. through the Peter Pan program with two of my best friends. We were 14 yrs old. My two friends went to foster homes also and I was the lucky one since I went to live with my aunt. We had tough times though since she was the only adult working at the time and the household had 8 people who included my grandmother, another aunt and the rest were children who had all recently come from Cuba. Now that I have my own children and grandchildren, I can look back and think what a hard decision it must have been for my parents to send me and my twin sisters 8 yrs old at the time, not knowing when or if they would be able to come but I still think they made the right decision. We all prospered in this country that gave us so much. We would have had a very different life if we would have stayed in Cuba.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | May 20th 2009

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