Pachita's niece and the history of the house

During the 1979 revolution, Jinotega was taken over by the Sandinistas and the town was closed to entry and exit. The family who'd lived in this house fled to the countryside and the house was used as a garrison. When the family came back, they found two dead bodies in the patio and their refrigerator had been stolen and the stove was in the middle of the sala, as though people had been stopped in the process of moving it.

I asked her if the revolution had been worth it. She thought for a while, and said possibly yes. The third Somoza was so arrogant he gave his speeches in English.

The country people no longer lower their heads in the presence of people with more money or power. I'd noticed with some examples that at least those people seemed far less cowed by people with authority or money than the poor in the US. Pachita's niece felt it was general.

We both felt that Carlos Fonseca would not have been as wonderful had he survived as the US leftists believed.

I said that I tried very hard not to be a typical American who used one side of a foreign struggle as though it was a sports team.

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thanks for sharing...everyone of a certain age has a story

that's for certain. My impression is that the young people feel like what happened to their parents and grandparents was a whole other world, like a fable of some sort.

Doors of hope fly open when doors of promise shut. -Thomas D'Arcy McGee

For this country, that might not be a bad thing

Civil wars scar people. Not the same as kicking the foreigners out.

Rebecca Brown