Running into a hero is not an every day event. And it is that things are not the same thing when they tell you about that hero than being around. Maybe it was what the teachers and students felt when they saw Gerardo Hernandez in person at the Calixto Garcia Polytechnic Institute in Holguin city. Maybe that's why they looked so nervous, as tied to a solemnity unknown to the hero, because Gerardo is not a solemn man.
In the room of history of the Institute founded in 1944, he signed the Book of distinguished visitors and received a card for the New Year ahead, with the same cheerfulness with which he embraced Ismael Roman, the man who created in the center along with students of computer science, the Committee in Solidarity with the Cuban Five.
All this was before Gerardo entered the theater in the middle of one of the biggest ovations to be remembered in this room.
Here he was the protagonist of a discussion with students of several specialties who asked him about the human and the divine, and he told them about a society that needs both doctors and mechanics, bodywork repairmen and lathe operators.
He also told them about the pictures of Holguin Symposia he kept in his cell, of the saving cards when all seemed lost, of the pinch to know that the return to Cuba was not a dream, and the meeting with Fidel, in which the Five were speechless and the Commander broke the ice by asking if there were indeed many mosquitoes in prison.
The pioneers asked him how Gema arrived in his life, and Gerardo confessed he had made a donation of genetic material so that the stork would bring his little one.
A teacher gave him a doll for the little girl she made with her own hands. And another pioneer gave him a scarf, for her to wear when she reaches the first grade.
His seems a story of romance, as the hero in the auditorium said. Like a novel was this meeting with a special man, who flees from formalism, loves the two women in his life, and is called Gerardo. / by Abdiel Bermudez Bermudez - Al Dia.