On December 24, 1954, while my mother was preparing Christmas Eve dinner, I was born. At home, my parents always had a deep love and respect for our country, my brothers and I grew up along with these feelings. My first memories take me back to Finca La Lucha, which my father arrived in 1927; since then, this property has been part of Figueres history.
Our life on the farm was simple and pleasant. During my first years of life my father was Costa Rica's President, and at home, while we were playing, Doña Karen and Don Pepe dedicated themselves to state affairs. In La Lucha I began my formal studies at the farm school, Cecilia Orlich Figueres, named to remember a cousin sister who had died years ago.
My classmates were the sons and daughters of those who worked in the agro-industrial development that my father had established in La Lucha over time. The football field was in front of the school, that became my favorite sport, which I would resume years later at West Point Military Academy. I also remember many afternoons after school playing tops and marbles with my friends, yes, the weekends were dedicated to crocket, which my father liked so much.
In La Lucha I learned to ride in the mountains, with my first horse Cholo and my dog Buenamigo, a beautiful boxer; I developed a special affection and respect for animals. The house of La Lucha in which we lived, built after 1948 Civil War, which began there on the farm, became our ' life classroom', my parents gave us daily lessons about music, art and coexistence; for example, at lunchtime we could serve the amount we wanted, but we couldn't leave anything because Don Pepe and Doña Karen told us that many people around the world had nothing to eat.
The first signs that show me that Don Pepe and Doña Karen fulfilled other obligations, besides parenting came to us in La Lucha, as different national and international political figures visited our house. In one of the house basements, an amateur radio station, TI2IG, operated by my father in which he communicated with the region revolutionary movements and conspired to overthrow current dictatorships, such as Pérez Jiménez (Venezuela), Batista (Cuba ), Trujillo (Dominican Republic) and Somoza (Nicaragua).
There were a couple of basements from time to time were filled with weapons of all kinds, and then all of the suddent they all disappeared to supply the different movements that fought against dictatorships. The last major operation was in 1979, supporting the war that finally overthrew Somoza.
The meetings between Costa Ricans and foreigners who came to talk with my parents were frequent. In many of these conversations we were allowed to participate, without saying a word. But nevertheless; After the meetings, there were many questions to my parents, who during the dinner had the patience to answer.
They were difficult times for national and international politics, during Cold War and with Don Pepe revolutionary personality, we were always in constant danger, therefore, on some occasions I remember seeing Moncho, Chuta, Juan and other workers, guard the Casona with M-1 rifles. We even threw ourselves on the floor a couple of times because somebody shoot at the house.