This post will mostly speak to people who don’t usually leave any comments on my blog, but I know they are reading it, so thank you. You know who you are, the same immigrants just like me. So here it is……
When we received an authorization to leave USSR, we were faced with the challenge of what to bring with us. What does America have and doesn’t it have. My hubby and I did not have a lot since we were only married for 3 years, but our parents’ lived a life time together. Should they bring their furniture, should they bring their old china? How do we decide what was worth taking with us and what wasn’t….
It’s not an easy decision. I remember packing for months and months, selling what was possible to sell and holding on to some things that we simply couldn’t part with.
I don’t know much about anybody else, but at that time in the Soviet Union everybody was more or less equal and pretty much had the same stuff, including book collection. None of us could collect anything back then. China, jewelry, watches were beyond our reach, but what we could collect were books: lots and lots of books. Almost every family I knew had libraries containing hundreds, sometimes thousands of books. My family was the same and we were faced with the huge dilemma: leaving the books or taking them with us. Those books were my friends. I read and re-read them a few times. That was the time when computer games, (what computer games) and TV were not available or even popular. It was however the time when books were widely liked, where you would get lost in their world, where you did not have stay in lines to get a piece of bread, or a bottle of milk. Instead you could fall in love with the main character or fight the war with heroes and never, never go back to reality….. Did I mention already that those books were my close friends, so I ask you: How do you part with your friends; how do you choose which one is allowed to come with you to America and which one is not worthy of the move?
Here are some that came with us
and of course
There are plenty more books that made the cut and travel with us to discover America, but unfortunately we could not take every single one :(.
I am pretty sure, that my immigrant friends will not comment on my post and that’s okay, but what about the rest of you guys. If you had to move 1000 miles away to start a new life which books from your old world would you take with you?