of a Revolutionary
WHY HAD HIS PARENTS sent him away? What had he done? Had he caused "too much trouble at home"? the boy asked. The other children laughed and called him "Jew," because he had never been christened. It was an epithet common in rural Cuba. He thought they meant a noisy bird, a large black cuckoo that went by the same name. And why all the fuss about his father and mother, who with several children had never taken the trouble to be married? At the age of seven he had received little religious instruction, and he knew almost nothing about the Christian faith. The priests at the school in Santiago said flatly that they could not accept him unless he was baptized and his parents came to the church to receive the sacrament of holy matrimony. No illegitimate boys were welcome at La Salle. It had been nearly two years since his older sister had brought him to the big city, but the pain of separation from home and family, and perhaps rejection, still tormented the young Fidel Castro.
His first five years were, by all counts, the happiest time of his life. * In the midst of a large and growing family, he knew the ultimate joys of childhood—he could do precisely what he wanted. His parents, Angel Castro and Lina Ruz, and their many servants imposed few restraints. Day after____________________