FC: My journey to America | Josephine Aguilar
2: December 13th, 1897 Dear journal, Today my family is packing up their things they want to have when we arrive in America. We all have to have one case of things to bring. My mother and father are packing up their clothes and blankets in there case. My two sisters are enjoying there last day in France. I was just packing some clothes and my teddy bear that my grandma made for me when I was born. When it was time to leave we took a train to get to a ship. The train was crowed with children and adults. When we arrived at the ship we went downstairs to drop off our luggage. When the ship started to leave we were told to come at the top because we had blankets. By that time we were up with our blankets and the ship started to move my family and I realized that there was no turning back and we are heading to a new life. | This is a stream that my family would get fresh water.
3: This is a the teddy bear that my grandma made for me. | Some of the things I brought with me to Ellis Island | Blanket my mother made | Warm socks | Sweater
5: December 19th 1897 Dear journal, We have been traveling to America for six days. Each day we had to sit at the top of the ship. My parents knew if we caught a cold then we would not be able to go start a brand new life in America. So each day my mother would hold my two sisters tight with the blanket around them. I would hug my father tightly while he would wrap the blanket around us until it was night. We got tried of seeing the ocean around us. Each day we would talk about what we wanted to do when we got to Ellis Island if we could pass. As the day turned into weeks we had lost hope that we would pass. We all thought that by the time we got there we would already be sick or have a fever. While the wind was blowing in our faces I meet a new friend. Her name was Joanna. We would talk to each other about where we came from and what things we liked to do. We became really good friends and wanted to continue this friendship.
6: December 29th, 1897, Dear journal, I am really sad today but also scared and happy. Joanna and I have been friends for eleven days now. But that had all changed this morning. She had passed away. I thought that she was going to make it. But even though she has passed away I would always keep our friendship in my heart. That late afternoon everyone saw this small little figure out in the distance. Once we got closer we saw that it was a person that was a statue that had a torch in its hand. We all did not know what this statue was called. After all the people got off we headed in to the building. We all had o go up the stairs if we could not make it then we had to go back to where we came. My family made it up the stairs. After that there were doctors there to check if we were sick. We all passed then we had to go to these people that would ask us questions like our name. I was up first they asked how do I spell my name I said Josephine Aguilar. My family and I were very happy when we all passed. We also had to change our money in US dollars. Once we were done with that we ate American food that was strange but was good at the same time. We were all glad that we could start a brand new life together.
7: We are on the boat seeing the building. | People going to Ellis Island. | Inside Ellis Island. | A statue that I did not recognize
8: We all took the subway to get to PA. | After my family became U.S.A citizens we had a passport. | We would travel a lot to places we wanted to know about.
9: My family and I would send letters to my grandmother in France. | My family send my grandmother some money so she can live in a nice house in Paris.