Queen Mothers are exactly that. These women represent a system that works for their people. The men sit quietly and never interfere. Marriage approval is not easy. Much research is done via the designated oral historian. If health issues, criminal behavior … even by a distant family member … or other dis-qualifiers are found, the marriage does not happen. One Queen Mother succinctly stated, “Just look at what happens in patriarchal society. Anyone can marry anyone and it’s a mess!” How does one argue with that?
Havana is the meeting of the old with the new. Unrefurbished and refurbished cars of the 1940s and 1950s cruise constantly with hopes of picking up a fare. Except for the drivers the occupants are tourists taking a ride back in time.
The main square in Old Havana is filled with book venders. Some have added 33 1/3 LPs to their small stalls. One consistency is the books are very well used.
The cool ocean breezes are welcome after wandering the steamy inside streets.
In my next life I wish to be a bear. It makes so much sense! You sleep through the long, cold winters and have babies in your sleep. You wake up THIN, the weather is beautiful, you eat everything in sight, get as plump as possible, and no one bothers you! Your children are adorable and leave home at the end of the summer. The world is your oyster. You roam wherever you wish, dining along the way until it becomes cool … then simply find a Ritz Carlton suite hidden safely away from the world and call it your den.