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The Joy made of Saro

My name is Sonya Sanchez Arias and 42 years ago, when I was 13 and he was 14, my brother, Saro, died.


I would have loved to have known who Saro would have married. Who his kids would have been. But I’m grateful for the 13 years we had together.

My mother, Judy, was dating a Venezuelan and didn’t want his family to be bad-mouthing her without her knowing, so she went to Spain to learn Spanish. And met my father, Sarin, who was a bullfighter. Not too many people can say that! Saro and my elder sister Lydia were both born in Spain. My grandmother visited them in their cramped little apartment and insisted they come to Trinidad.

I think my husband, Fernando Arias, fell in love with me because I showed him his island heritage. His family left Havana and went to Miami in 1965 with only the clothes on their backs. Cuban Americans are so terrified of socialism, they cannot see Trump is fascism. But not my husband. I cannot even put into words how angry he is about Trump, a man who is everything his family taught him not to be.


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The Joy made of Saro

My name is Sonya Sanchez Arias and 42 years ago, when I was 13 and he was 14, my brother, Saro, died.


I would have loved to have known who Saro would have married. Who his kids would have been. But I’m grateful for the 13 years we had together.

My mother, Judy, was dating a Venezuelan and didn’t want his family to be bad-mouthing her without her knowing, so she went to Spain to learn Spanish. And met my father, Sarin, who was a bullfighter. Not too many people can say that! Saro and my elder sister Lydia were both born in Spain. My grandmother visited them in their cramped little apartment and insisted they come to Trinidad.

I think my husband, Fernando Arias, fell in love with me because I showed him his island heritage. His family left Havana and went to Miami in 1965 with only the clothes on their backs. Cuban Americans are so terrified of socialism, they cannot see Trump is fascism. But not my husband. I cannot even put into words how angry he is about Trump, a man who is everything his family taught him not to be.


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