Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sojourn in Slovakia: Day 2 (Part 2)

I got out of the car to take a photograph of the sign. I brought my book Three Slovak Women so I could be photographed with it in Milpoš. I proudly held the book up to the sign to symbolically mark that the Three Slovak Women had finally come full circle--we were all finally home.


Photo by Lisa A. Alzo

Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

I held back the tears as I thought how much my mother would have loved this moment. I know she was with me in spirit, along with my grandmother. What a journey it had been. One that had begun 88 years ago (88 years!), when my grandmother left her village to begin her new life in America. I am so thankful to her for her courage to leave her family, her beautiful village and all that was familiar to her. Any anxiety I had during my travels over to Slovakia disappeared as I thought of all my grandmother endured when she crossed the ocean. Instead of several hours on a plane, it took her several weeks by boat--not to mention a wagon ride out of the village and the train ride before she got to her port of departure. She had no modern conveniences and was just 22 years-old, traveling with her 16-year old niece.


All these thoughts raced through my mind as I stood on that road to Milpoš--eager to see who and what I would discover.


to be continued...



Copyright 2010 Lisa A. Alzo

2 comments:

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

This is wonderful. I'm so happy that you made the journey. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Lisa A. Alzo said...

Thanks, Amy!