Disney and Cuba

Recently I was on vacation with my family. We took the three rugrats on a Disney cruise, and I couldn't recommend it more highly. I took these photos with my iPhone while on the trip. 

You see, while we were sailing from Mexico to the Bahamas, our cruise ship came to a halt, and the crew of our ship rescued this raft from the middle of the ocean. On the raft were seven men trying to escape from Cuba to the United States. It turns out rafts are picked up all the time in the Caribbean. Men and women risking everything – literally everything – for better lives.

I didn't know this because I didn't stop to think about it. My grandparents survived the Holocaust, and my parents were made to leave Poland in the 50s and 60s. I am privileged and humbled to be in a position where my struggles are not about personal freedoms. 

We all need reminders now and again.

Jesse Hertzberg