Middle daughter woke me at 2:00am with a persistent cough. We cured the cough, but not my excitement about interviewing the last American orphan in Holy Family Orphanage in Marquette. I tossed and turned until 3:53am when I finally gave up and parked myself at my desk to prepare for the interview and do some more research. I found a very important document: Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh's paper Cuban Refugee Children published in 1971 in the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs. Monsignor Walsh (deceased) was the point person for the Pedro Pan mission. The document provides his notes, impressions, concerns, and pride at what the mission accomplished for children suffering from "Communist indoctrination and propaganda." While his is only one perception of the mission, it is an important one. More later...
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author, writer-cheerleader, and mentorship matchmaker.