How Did I Get Here From There?

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be on stage performing a one-woman show written by one-woman -- me. I am a first-generation American from an Italian family of immigrants who came to America looking for a better life for themselves and their family. My family came through Ellis Island with the clothes on their backs and the desire to become Americans. I cannot even imagine what it was like to come over crowded in steerage, And, then sail into New York Harbor passing the Statue of Liberty. I got a glimpse, though, when my sister and I surprised my maternal grandmother and my father by adding the family names on both sides to the “Wall of Honor” leading to the Ellis Island museu