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Friday, April 2, 2010

Never to see home again



This image taken in Boston a while back was a reminder to me about what a melting pot this country is. Each major metro area has blocks of Old World culture that remains to be a sanctuary for our immigrants...a reminder of their homes so far away...many will never see home again.

I tried to put myself in their shoes and wonder what it must be like to make the decision to leave the homeland never to return...that has to be one of the most difficult decisions one makes in their lifetime. I don't know that I could do it...even for greener pastures. I have not been in their shoes however so I really can't say what I would truly do if that situation ever arises. I hope I am never tested.

Dan

8 comments:

nowimagrownup said...

I've often daydreamed about running away and starting a new life in Italy - either to Tuscany or Napoli - but I imagine it must be difficult to start over somewhere new, somewhere so far away from everyone you know. I'm sure it takes faith and a lot of courage

Sunny said...

When my parents came to the US from England, they were early 30's and I always thought it took a lot of courage to 'sail off' into the unknown. I was just a youngster and really didn't have a choice. The hardest part was leaving family behind especially my Grandparents. Oh my, that was so many years ago!
Sunny :)

The Lly Dilettante said...

Thought provoking narrative. I wonder what it must have felt.

septembermom said...

You definitely would have to brave to go on such a journey. It's scary to take your chances in the unknown.

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...I have always dreamed of that as well. I have a feeling it is harder than we know. I did hitchhike through Europe for about 6 months while in college. I started out with a friend...a month into the trip he flew back to the states and I stayed on. There were some scry times along the way but memories I will never forget. It was truly a coming of age for me.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny...are yo able to get back and see the relatives from time to time?

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Lly...you must have had some of those feelings when you were in Italy??

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Septembermom...Brave and .....young!

Dan