FC: Katarina Kovacs
1: Katarina Kovacs Born on June 10th 1895 Emigrated 1906, Age 11 I was born in Budapest the capital of one of the largest city in Hungary. St John was the name of the hospital that I was born. My parents decided that I would be the only child in their life. I am 5’2 with curly blond hair. My mom and I are like twins. My father is tall with black hair. My grandma has curly black hair and my grandpa has blond straight hair. My parents left me when I was 5. They left me with my grandparents. Now that i'm 11 i want to go with my parents. My mom says that there is a lot of work down in United States. That it is safer and better. Down here in Hungary there’s nothing. My grandparents can't take living down here, theres no jobs, no money sometimes we can’t eat. My mom tries to send money but we never get it. My parents want us to go to United States to save our lifes.
2: We decided that we are going to the United States. My grandparents told me that we were leaving today. We got to the boat and went to the bottom. I knew that it was the start of something good. It took hours,days and weeks. While we were on the boat it was terrible. I was wrong, it was the worst thing ever. People were close to each other, throwing up on others and even sometimes they didn’t let you go to the bathroom. What I think that is not fair is that the richer people get to stay on the top and not really get sick, get better food and they always get to go to the bathroom. My grandma started getting sick the second week there. She needed food but she really didn't even get any so I would give her mine. I haven’t eaten in days. I knew that I was doing it for a good reason but my grandma was still sick. The worst day on the boat was when my grandma died. She died on me and my grandpa. I knew that she wasn't going to make it. The next day they dump her. This was the first time I saw my grandpa cry. While going thru the hard time, I made a new friend. Her name is Jolan she was from Hungry too. Her mom left her with her brother.They are both traveling together. Jolan and her are going to America to be with her family. Everyone started to scream and yelled, I didn’t know why intel my grandpa told
3: These two pictures mean the world to me. One is the Hungary Flag and the other is my family.
4: We finally got there, it was the best feeling in the world. I knew we needed a couple of more things before I can see my parents. We got of the boat and the first thing we is go in and they ask you questions. It took pretty long time for them to finish the questions. After that they took to check me with the doctors. The good thing is that they passed me but I heard that they send back someone brother. I felt so sad for them but I was glad that they passed me and my grandpa. We were almost done but they were asking more questions. One of the questions they asked me was if I had a job or money but I didn't. I went outside and saw everything that was there. It looked nice, it was beautiful. Next thing I know is I see my parents running to me. I was so happy that I couldn't stop smiling. We all stared to cry. My mom took us to her house, it was really nice big house. My mom and dad told me that they had to tell me something so she sat me down. My mom was pregnant!!! She was having a baby boy. I always wanted a brother. I was so happy to be a big sister. I couldn't believe that there was a human beam in her stomach.
5: The bracelet that my grandma gave me before she died. | The blanket that means the world to me.
6: Now that I am in America I have two kids and a husband. We been married for 2 years and I been here since 15 years. I am really happy that i’m in the spot I am now. My parents still live here and they have jobs that keep them active. I have a job and my husband does too. My grandpa was in the hospital dealing with cancer. He was a tough one. He always have told stories about coming to America and how he deal with it. Its was the best time of my life being here and dealing with everything I been threw. All I do is be the best mom for my kids and be the best daughter. I can image how my friends in the boat that I met feel. But I also think that there family is sad because they took back her brother. I think that i’m going to write a letter to them and see how they are doing. I probably think that will be the best thing to do. I think that life is going to get better from here to the future hopefully they learn from my trip.
7: These are the necklaces that I gave my kids.