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Marco's (View from the bridge) letter

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Dear Maria, I have finally made it to America. I miss you deeply and I am sure you do the same. I am deeply concerned about the health of our son, I pray day and night for his health and I hope that the money I have sent would help him. Maria, although I hate you to leave you alone with the children, you know very well that I had to come to this unfamiliar country. But if we want to raise this family and survive in this world, I had to take the risk and leave for America. I want our children to get an education and make a good life for themselves. I want them to have the type of life which I never had. So we must bare these few years living apart and I promise I will return in the near future. In the meantime, tell our other three children to keep on smiling because America really is the land of opportunity. ...read more.


The Carbone Family have really helped Rudolpho and I settle down; Everyday, they provide us with meals and somewhere to sleep and for this, I am deeply thankful to them. As you know, in Italy, there is not a job in sight, but here in America; we got a job the day we arrived! We basically work at the dock where we load and unload heavy cargo from the incoming ships. The pay here is also much better, we earn almost twice as much as we did in Italy. I love the working environment here and the work isn't that hard. I promise you that every cent I get, I will send to you and I will first think about the family. Rudolpho has also found a lot of friends in America. He has become extremely popular amongst the guys thanks to his charming sense of humor and his talents. We can always count on his good humor to liven up the atmosphere. ...read more.


He was saying that Rudolpho cooks, makes dresses and sings, so the dock is no place for him. Then Catherine asked Rudolpho for a dance and the two danced in the apartment when Eddie brought up the topic of boxing. He then pretended to teach Rudolpho how to fight when he purposely punched him lightly. Rudolpho backed off and Eddie apologized. Until that moment, I had tried my best to contain my anger. But after what had happened, I really couldn't take it anymore. I would not stand someone mocking my brother, so I decided to give Eddie a subtle warning by showing the extent of my strength (I lifted up a chair above my head using only one hand). I think he got the message and from now on, he will think twice before he touches Rudolpho. Other than that, everything over here is going well. Although I am miles away, know that I am thinking about you and the boys everyday. Take care of yourself and our children. I miss you all and I cannot wait to hear from you in your next letter. Your loving husband, Marco ...read more.

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