The New Journey to Home
The interview group that I chose to research is the English. I specifically choose this group because my neighbor, Claire Barbara Adams, is originally from Dorset. Dorset is a small town in England. I knew she would have an abundance of information for me as she is one of my favorite people. I knew she would be a great person to interview. Although she is elderly, she is still able to light up a room with her warm laugh and generous smile. This interview was the first time I actually sat down with her and was able to truly comprehend her amazing story.
I knocked on her door and after several minutes Claire slowly opened the door. At first glance, it caught my eye that Claire had many deep wrinkles and grooves on her face. Some may find this observation shallow but I took this as a sign that she would have plenty of stories to tell me. We sat down and she politely asked me if I would like some tea. I of course, gratefully accepted. Once the tea had cooled, I began questioning Claire on what she remembered of her childhood back in Dorset. She stated, “Well, I was only four when my family left Dorse and I am an old lady, so my memories are quite fuzzy. I do, however, remember our old cottage house.” Claire’s eyes lit up when talking about her old family home. She described how her father used to raise chickens and she would sometimes try to hide the baby chicks.
According to Claire, her family came to Baltimore in hopes of a better life. America is, after all, the land of opportunity. Claire explained that she doesn’t recall much of her journey into Baltimore, but does remember the excitement that seemed to possess her mother. A short time after their arrival in Baltimore, Claire and her family moved into their family home which was then located in Southeast Baltimore. As the interview progressed further, Claire explained how she would often sit on her stairs and listen to her...