Thursday, July 7, 2011
My wife and I visited Ellis Island last week. It was a moving experience for both of us since our respective grandparents had passed through there when they immigrated to America. For my wife and I, visiting the island was the best way to celebrate the 4th of July.
Coming to America had to have been an amazing experience for our grandparents, sailing past the Statue of Liberty and then spending what must have seemed like a lifetime trying to get though the frightening process of being allowed to enter a strange new country where you didn't know the language or the local customs. But they made it past the island and prospered in their adopted country.
While I was in the gift shop looking at the really lame Ellis Island t-shirts, I came up with what I feel is the perfect slogan for all children of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island to enter America:
MY GRANDPARENTS WENT TO ELLIS ISLAND AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY FREEDOM.