BC: Ellis Island Land of Freedom
FC: Ellis Island
1: Leaving my family, It's hard so hard leaving my home country Italy. I'm leaving mama and baby sister. I'm Vinny Lombardi, only 8 years old and I'm leaving for the amazing Ellis Island with my Papa and older sister Liana, she is 16 years old. My Papa said we could only bring one bag on the ship; I'm leaving so much behind. And the ship, I heard, it's a big, smelly gross ship that holds thousands of people and you can't go to the bathroom. My Papa keeps telling me once we get there it will be great and will be so happy but all I feel is scared, anxious, and sorrow.
2: It was not fun getting ready to board the ship. When we said our goodbyes I just wanted to cry. The painful and worried look on my mom's face was too much. But I went, as we wanted to get our ticket, which took forever. I saw so many sick and poor people looking to find a new life In Ellis Island. As me, my sister, and Papa walk to the ship I saw how big and disgusting it was. I was in pain, crying but so was every other passenger.
4: Sailing in the boat, This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. You have no room, everyone is on top of you and plus everyone smells horrible. But I don't blame them. We can't even go to the bathroom. And the food we get is a metal tray, a spoon, a fork, a cup of soup, and bread. The people who took our bags threw them like they were trash, looked at us like were pigs. Some slept on crowded beds the size of a box. They said the journey would take weeks. I just couldn't wait to be at Ellis Island.
6: On the boat more, I think Papa is getting sick. He tries not to show it but I can tell. I met a friend today and her name is Megan. We talked for a while, she's from France but she said she loves the Italian culture. I was glad she made the boat ride bearable, but not enough from making me home sick, well more like family sick. I didn't miss the cruel rules and rude policemen who harassed us. But every day I would cry, wipe my tears, take on the cold, heart wrenching day, eat while talking to Megan, go to sleep, then do it all again.
8: The arrival at Ellis Island, It was just another day on the rusty, disgusting ship. I had just finished my small cup of soup and bread. I was feeling a little sick of the hot, dense air so I went up to the main deck to get some fresh air, which was hard to get with all the people crowding around you. As I was fighting the crowd to get to the rail, I spotted a corner of land. I was feeling so sick and claustrophobic I didn't realize this would be my future home. Seconds after I spotted it, someone yelled, “We're here, we're here! That's Ellis Island!” Cries of joy filled the air. I didn't know what I felt like but I knew this was going to be a new beginning. I looked around to see if I could find my Papa and my sister, Liana. As I spotted them, I saw them singing with the crowd. We gathered together and all gave each other a big hug and started crying.
10: Getting in to Ellis Island, As we got off the boat, I could see a big building where we had to leave our luggage and wait. As we got in line, I could see this would take a long time. After hours of waiting in line we finally got to the place where we got our medical exam to see if we could pass or not. As I walked up to the Doctor, I could tell they were looking to see if I was sick. It took a long time for them to check me and my sister and Papa. They gave us the go ahead. I finally knew what I felt like. Excitement. We got our luggage and exchanged our money. They asked our names and where we came from. Then they told us to go in a big hall to wait. It took about a day to sort out everyone. After everybody was sent home or given the go ahead, we went into a big hall filled with seats. They gave us food and everyone was so surprised at how good the food tasted. After we were done, they helped my Papa find a job and we started our new life in America.