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Not all those who wander are pilgrims...

This must be the season when American students learn about the first Thanksgiving, and pilgrims, or the first immigrants. First-graders might not necessarily know the difference between pilgrimage and immigration, because my daughter asked me if I was a pilgrim. Ancient as I might seem to the youngest generation, I'm not that old!

Grandma Eileen, Erika's pilgrim


She was, however, quite sure that her Scottish grandmother was indeed a pilgrim, because, in Erika's words, "she came to America for opportunities". Which she did in the eighties, more than three centuries after the Pilgrims arrived. So when Erika had to make a pilgrim doll for her class project, she picked grandma. Here it is, on the left.

One day I should explain immigration to Erika -- a task made all the more complicated by the fact that Pilgrims were the first unauthorized immigrants. :-)

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