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From: Jean Mayfield Cuevas <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Jean (Off Subject)....Late Night Chit-Chat!
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 18:00:49 -0500
Now, I am joining all you late guys and posting long after my bedtime!
:) We who live on the east coast are gone to bed and all you guys in the
middle and western states are having the time of your lives! <g>
I got a lot of travel in, as a child, because of my mom's gypsy spirit! I
saw the country between Oregon and Missouri and Arizona in a lot of
different routes! California, too! At the time, I hated the moving around,
but now that I am an adult, I do appreciate having seen so much of
America. There's still a lot of places that I hope to see, one
day. Especially the New England states. I think I have just about been in
most of them.
No, Waldy was not Cuban born. His roots were in Puerto Rico. He was born
in Old San Juan, and lived there until age 5, when his father, who was in
the Army, brought the family to Fort Dix, NJ. Later to Ft. Lee, and
eventually they settled for most of his growing up years at Ft. Bragg,
NC. His dad spent 32 years in the Army, and saw action in WW II in
Germany, France, Italy, etc., and then later in Korea. He retired from the
Army, went back to Puerto Rico, where both sets of grandparents lived, and
went to work as a draftsman for the Puerto Rican government, for another 10
years. Waldy's ancestors went to Puerto Rico about the later part of the
1800's from Madrid, Spain.
When Waldy used to photograph the news for CNN, he went a number of times
to Cuba. He says it's a decaying island, because of the poverty. Places
which were once great tourist areas and with great accomodations, after the
fall to Castro, eventually went to ruin.
Well, shrimp boats? THAT must have been an experience! :)
By the way, did I tell you that I lived in AZ for a couple of years? Once
in Sunnyslope, outside Phoenix, and later when times were bad, in a cotton
picking (literally) camp in I, think, Buckeye, AZ. Just long enough to get
money together to head back out west. I could tell some stories,
too! But, another time! :)
Gotta Get! You kids be good, ok?
At 11:15 PM 9/13/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Even before I married Scott, I traveled a great deal. In those days, it was
>with a backpack and there definetely weren't any five star hotels involved!
>LOL But, travel is travel and along with art, is one of my greatest loves.
>Thank goodness, when I did decide to marry.......it was to a man that shared
>that love and we have traveled a great deal together. Vasser, my son has
>gone along with us, most of the time.......just that there was no family
>member to care for him in an absense, so we always packed the little guy up
>and off we'd go.
>The child has been more places in eleven years that I had been in my first
>years, that's for sure. But, it is one thing in his life, after Scott and I
>are gone that I think he will appreciate the exposure to. It's pretty
>wonderful to watch your little boy communicating with other
>children.......that do not speak English. You know though, children do.
>Their little smiles are universal and says so much without words being spoken.
>Didn't you tell me that your husband was Cuban, Jean? Or did I dream that?
>Cuba is on the top of my list of places to visit. It has always intrigued
>me. I lived in Key West years ago......when it was a real island and not the
>tourist trap that it is today. I lived on a shrimp boat with three other
>people and at times, we would go so far out to sea, that at
>nightfall......you could see the lights of Havana.
>There is more to that particular story.......but another time.
>Think of the wanderings that our ancestors created? Must be in the
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