PORK ROLLS AND WHISPERED GOODBYES

We all have different reasons in setting out and moving to a new country. The effects in the first few years, however, are somewhat similar for everyone - - social acceptance and self-validation. There is always a personal disorientation that we feel individually when experiencing an unfamiliar way of life due to immigration or a move to a different social environment. Accepting the traditions of the country we are in, might not be as easy as we thought.

Over time we start to settle in a routine that we assume as our regular life, then we start to miss everything we left behind. Our friends, our families, the food, our home.

To some of us, being away from everything and everyone that we have grown up with can be heartbreaking. We don't openly share this conflict and struggle we feel especially to the people close to us. We try to keep things hidden until they fester and ultimately end up revealing themselves in a far more destructive way than if we approach them with honesty.

For every light, there is darkness.For every bit of hope, there is doubt. For every sound of laughter, a teardrop falls.