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It started like every other day up on the mountains of Rhein, however that afternoon had the odor of freedom floating in the atmosphere. The journey before me was occupying for weeks, I was just so anxious to get away and start all over again. I had made sure arrangements before I left, our family dog wasn't allowed on the ship we were going to be arriving in America, so that I had my parents take care of the dog for us. It was a hard thing to do seeing that the puppy had become more than only a furry friend to the children and I, for we almost could recognize him as a family member. Most of our possessions we were able to keep with us, but we needed to keep the load light because it was likely to be a tight stay at the steerage. I was not sure of what to anticipate in the usa, but my friend Niva had been writing me ever since she'd arrived in America; begging me to see the grandeur of freedom given, and the different way of living. I was easy to be convinced into going because it seemed like nothing was really happening in my life, and I was desperate for a change. The sea breezes were dancing around me as I waved goodbye to my ma and pa. Tears streamed down my face as I looked at what I was going to be leaving, it was my life and my past. Every one of the children were provided a photograph of the last time we were all together, including our dog Marcy and my ma and pa. Their small hands drifted in the breeze whilst waving goodbye to everything they knew in this world, for they had not yet been to another country before, nor had they ever left the world of Rhein. As the ship set sail, it was almost as if we were breaking away from reality. It was a scary thought to begin all over but I was prepared to put myself through any circumstances to get me away from Rhein. I was tired of the living conditions of Rhein, and I knew America offered better schooling for the children. It was a risky change in my life and the children's, but I knew as soon as the ropes were untied and we Began to drift away, that there was no turning back. After the shore of Rhein was distant in our path, I thought it was a good time to visit our room on the ship. I kept my children close to me for I was unsure of these strangers that crowed the halls. After going down many stair wells into the bottom the ship, we had arrived at...