Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A century on

One hundred years ago today, my maternal grandfather, James Murphy, landed at Ellis Island.

He was only a teenager, but he came on his own from Ireland, trying to start a new life.

What if he hadn't had the courage to take that journey? Where would I be today? In fact, would I have been able to stand there next to him, holding his hand -- would I even exist??

Luckily, as you'll see in the next post, the journey we're on is so much easier.

2 comments:

Lisa said...

Thanks for noting this so special occasion for all in our family Heidi. Like you, neither would I nor others exist if it wasn't for the courage Grampa Jim showed by leaving Ireland by himself at such a young age to pursue a better life for all. (I never knew you when you were this short)! :^)
Love,
Lisa xo

hg said...

It's only because you did all that research, Miss Marple, that I even knew about this date!