The port city of Halifax, Canada already felt welcoming even before I happened upon this statue dedicated to the emigrant. It’s bronze and marble, proudly displayed on a pedestal high enough to show respect for the subject and yet accessible enough to see the beauty and determined forward movement. It was donated by the artist, Armando Barbon, himself an immigrant from Italy.
It’s a timely meditation. None of my ancestors were born on this continent. None were “founding fathers.” All faced discrimination, worked hard and made something of themselves. They transitioned into Americans.
Thanks, Canada, for reminding me of the value in that.