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First Yearning

“On the eastern shores of Canada, the dampness blanketed our unaccustomed bodies. “Is this what’s waiting for us?” Mother’s trembling voice cut through the surrounding cold. I heard the sadness in her voice. It was a desolate tone that I would hear often in the years to come, as she yearned for a home that she had left behind.”

- Irene Fantopoulos arrived from Greece in 1963.