As I listened to Scattered with my 17-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son on the drive to and from college over break, I had to pause several times. I so often felt as though I was listening to my own parents’ and older sister’s journey from a little province town in Havana, to nearly 4 years in the work camps, to a couple of years in Madrid where they flourished, and then to the US to join relatives and navigate their first gloomy winter searching for the American Dream.
Like, Chris, I came along later, after my parents settled into their life in the States. To me, Cuba might as well have been Mars or Neverland. Unlike The Garcías, however, my family did eventually return to Cuba to visit relatives and help them out financially. I feel like this helped my parents cope with the traumas of leaving their beloved country and all they experienced in the exile process.
All of this to say, that I adored this podcast. For the first time, my kids truly understood the struggles their grandparents faced in order to attain freedom, and it brought up questions I didn’t even know I should ask my parents. We were all very emotional listening to Scattered. Chris’ story and his family felt like home to me and I’ve recommended the podcast to every one of my friends and relatives.