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FC: Shannon's Journal- Journey to America | From this to this

1: Shannon Long In Florence, Italy Date- December 10th, 1923 Journal Entry- 1st Dear New Journal, Today, I found out big news. I am moving to America. At first, I was overjoyed. But now, I am thinking about the bad things that will happen when we move. I won't know anyone. I won't have many things with me. So I thought maybe packing up could cheer me up, because I could think about how the things I am bringing will be different than the things America has. I decided on 3 shirts, one pair of shorts, and 2 skirts. But one things I am bringing that I will hold on to for forever is my teddy bear, snuggles. Without him, I don't know how I would survive. And the astonishing thing about my little suitcase is that inside of it, there is a secret compartment. There I will keep pictures of my dear friends and family I must leave behind. Oh journal, why can't we just all be free?

2: What's in this? | And my teddy bear!

3: Shannon Long On a boat! Date- December 20th, 1923 Journal Entry- 2nd Dear Journal, Guess what journal, I'm on a boat! And I'm not talking about a fairy, I mean a enormous boat with a propeller the size of my family's old cottage! But the bad part is, nobody treats you the same. Here, you say one word and everybody is staring right into skin. I don't know how I'm going to survive! And I could really go without all the stares, because I am about to burst into tears anytime I am reminded about my father. My mother, sister, and brother are coming to America, but not my father. He said he would come soon, but I'm not sure I can go another day with only seeing his pictures. Also, we hope we will get through Ellis Island by New Years Eve. Then we could celebrate with all the other immigrants that were approved to live in America, too. But I keep thinking... What if I don't make it through? What if everybody else in my family goes to America, but I'm, stuck on Ellis Island? I wish I was back at my church in Florence. That was my favorite place ever. Maybe I will find a new favorite place in America. If I make it there. Oh please, God, help me!

4: Look at those HUGE propellers! | PLease. Stop. Starting. At. Me!

5: Shannon Long I was wrong! Date- December 25th, 1923 Journal Entry- 3rd Dear Journal, I was wrong! About 2 things, in particular. The first one, me and my whole family did make it to America! The second, my dad is coming! He is climbing aboard a ship and is going to be headed to America next week! I guess you will never understand why this is so important to me, but how would you feel if you knew your mother or father were out in your home land, all by themselves, when you were in what seemed like a new planet? You would be devastated if you hadn't see them for a long time. And that's how I felt. But now we will be reunited, and I only have to wait five days! Maybe my mother will have her special someone to kiss at twelve .And don't forget, Today is Christmas! And I received the biggest gift of all.

6: The Things we Went Through at Ellis Island | When we arrived | All the baggage there was | People were watched to see if they had anything wrong with them while they went down these stairs

7: My mom getting a medical exam | We went to the great hall, and were asked questions | Had to turn money into American money | After all the things we had to do, we finally made it through Ellis Island and to America

8: Some Things I got in America | America!

9: From- Father | Shannon Long

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