Tenth Anniversary of Arrival in the USA – Rosaliene Bacchus

Rosaliene Bacchus and her two sons celebrate their 10th Anniversary of Arrival  in the USA. Guyanese Online congratulates you. Be Strong!!

Three Worlds One Vision

Rosaliene and Sons - Hollywood Boulevard - Los Angeles - October 2003Rosaliene and Sons – Shopping Mall on Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles – October 2003

This month marks the tenth anniversary of our arrival in the United States. Before setting foot on American soil, my sons and I knew that there would be challenges to overcome. My elation at reuniting with my mother and siblings, after over thirty years of separation, lasted for only two days.

Day One: Arrival.
Day Two: Visit to Hollywood Boulevard. (Captioned photo taken that day.)
Day Three: Showdown.

My mother had expectations that I could not fulfill. Past hurts and differences found expression. You were a problem since you were three. I helped you raise your children so you could work. (I was her firstborn.)

Day Four: My mother moved out.

You don’t give me what I want, you’re on your own, her action said. I had failed my sons. I had promised them that they…

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 10/06/2013 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks, Cyril, and more thanks for sharing my blog post.

  • de castro compton  On 10/07/2013 at 8:58 am

    Nice one….rosaliene and the men in her life….
    Picture tell stories….thanks for “going public” “sharing”….

    America land of the “bold/brave”…..

    Until dem gun laws nah change I have no intention of visiting/staying in
    the U S of A…..
    Let’s hope “Land reformation and gun laws are a priority in Hilary Clinton
    assent ion to the throne” …not to mention TAX laws….

    Kamptan do your sons have to serve in the military to get”citizenship”

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 10/07/2013 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks, Kamptan. I struggled with sharing this story but decided to go public. I did not bring my sons to the USA in pursuit of the American Dream. My dream was to reunite with my family.

    At the American Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in order to obtain their permanent resident visas, my sons had to sign a Declaration of Obligatory Registration in the System of Military Service of the United States. Upon arrival in the USA, they had up to 30 days to register with Military Service.

    This Declaration was applicable to all applicants for permanent residency between the ages of 18 and 26. Registration was/is destined to recruitment for military service in the event of emergency mobilization of the armed forces.

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