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A long journey by raft, and a lesson in freedom

I was born in Guantánamo in 1956. I moved to Havana as a teenager to study and ultimately graduated with a math degree. In 1994, I decided take a raft to the United States.

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 <span class="cutline_leadin">Quite a change of heart: </span>From left to right, daughters Flynne and Jana, Marlene Warren, and daughter-in-law Amy pose for a photo in 1995.

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    Converted: New Yorker thrilled to be a Floridian

    I wanted to spend my retirement entertained with a million things to do each and every day. My husband Steve, on the other hand, wanted to spend his retired life in the sun, fishing for permit. He said, “Key West.” I said, “New York.” I was determined to remain in New York, and Steve was just as determined to move to Florida.

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Rosichan family. Richard and Ellen Rosichan with daughters (L-R) Becky, Lori and Amy.

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    Making a home in an exotic land

    In 1963, I made my first trip to Miami.

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Family photo taken after brother Henry’s First Holy Communion at Immaculate Conception Church. Pictured from left to right (back row) are father Henry, mom “Cuqui”, Grand Aunt Estelita, Maternal Grandmother Olga, Paternal Grandmother Abuela Nena (on which the story is based). Front row (L-R) are baby brother Dave, Henry and and Olga Perez-Cormier.

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    Bus trips with ‘abuela’ were magical

    It was always exciting when abuela would tell me that she needed to go downtown for the day. This meant she had business to attend to at “El Refugio,” the Cuban Assistance Center. This also meant that we would do a little shopping. As a reward for helping her translate and get around, she would treat me to lunch at McCrory’s.

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