The Thing

My neighbor Tania, a militant in her youth, is nowadays a fervent evangelical pentecostal Christian. With her innate generosity, Tania has opened her house wide, and her brothers in faith arrive constantly; some gathering around a Bible reading, others staying a few days in Havana for medical treatment. Tania takes a saintly enjoyment in these comings and goings that keeps her tied up all day. Now she’s preparing coffee, a last minute snack or finding a bed for some unexpected guest. This has brought her some problems with the police sector chief. Tania is devoted, but valiant and hasn’t allowed herself to be intimidated, only just now she has become cautious. Besides readings and prayers, people are also talking, and next to the sticker that says God loves you and the golden fish-shaped magnet with the name of Jesus inside, she has posted a plain card in beautiful calligraphy: It is forbidden to speak about the thing.

Translated by: JT

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