Normally, the #27 bus picks people up at 23rd and 12th, just outside a building where Cubans learned, one day, that the Revolution was nothing more and nothing less than communist. Sure, they called it “The Declaration of the Socialist Character of the Revolution,” but bearing in mind that behind every character was the Soviet Communist Party, everyone knew what was coming.
Fifty-plus years later the benches of the monument serve only to wait for the Old Havana-Cerro route and this with some uncertainty, because two balconies have already fallen off the building. A few weeks ago–perhaps fearing that some balcony might fall on the head of a passenger and create a cursed atmosphere around the proclamation–they started to repair it. The #27 bus now stops in a new place at 21st and 12th. As none of this is published anywhere, except for neighborhood residents and regular riders, everyone think the bus stops wherever. Lately there have been two lines, one that is visible from my window and the other in the midst of construction debris.
The driver complains that he has to stop and open the doors twice and yells at people, “The stop has changed! It’s at 21st and 12th now!” An offended woman responds, “Everything in this country changes and no one hears about it.”
The driver is surprised, “Did you change something lady? Because I think nothing here has changed at all.”
Right about then, I, who can’t pass up the opportunity, put in my two cents and said, “Don’t worry, change is just around the corner.”
The woman looked at me, smiling, and the driver added, “From your lips to God’s ears, Sweetie, from your lips to God’s ears.”