Coming to America on the QM2
I embarked on Queen Mary 2 in expectation of twelve glorious days of ocean crossing from Southampton to New York. Travelling to North America on this magnificent ocean liner made me think of the immigrants of long ago who had crossed the ocean to the New World. It was, however, disingenuous of me to find kinship with them, for I was on this voyage, not to find a better life, but to celebrate my already better life.
I leaned over the railing of the open air deck, looked down, mesmerized by the swelling waves, and I thought about my Portuguese ancestors; a people once enticed by the sea to discover new lands. In the last century, so many left the Continente (mainland Portugal), and just about depopulated the Azorean islands; eager to make enough money to buy the American dream.
Emanuel Melo nasceu em São Miguel, Açores, e emigrou, com nove anos,
para o Canadá. Reside em Toronto. As suas crónicas e contos foram publicados em
Cleaver, Mundo Açoriano, (TWAS) Toronto Arts Scene, e no sítio web do Canadian
Centre for Azorean Research and Studies. O conto "The Cottage Visit" foi incluído
em Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora in the United States and Canada: An
Anthology, 2015, e "Avó lives Alone" foi publicado em MEMÓRIA: An
Anthology of Portuguese Canadian Writers, 2013. https://thetorzorean.com/