The Time of His Life

My father was born, in 1895, in what is now Ukraine. When he was 13, in 1908, he was apprenticed as a tailor. In about 1914 he immigrated. He traveled by horse and carriage, other surface transportation, boat and train to Chicago. On the boat, for the first time in his life, he was without adult supervision. He had the time of life. He did not pray and he danced with girls, which Jewish orthodoxy forbids.

When he got off the train, in Chicago, he was met by his father and sister. His father told him he had a job, but he could take the rest of the afternoon off.

Shared by: Norman Shapiro


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