From my sister Pat, who was 6 1/2 in Oct. 1948:
“New York: Going out on the roof and being amazed. But also feeling very closed in and trapped with all the buildings and no grass. I am a farm girl at heart.
“Immigration: standing in the lines for hours with all our stuff and being so tired, and Mom being worried that she or Daddy would not pass the physical exam. I think they still did the eyelid exam for something or other then.”
Very vivid– I hardly remembered any of that. Did they do a test for exposure to TB? I always test positive for that, so if they didn’t it’s just as well– imagine having to go back for that!
TB was still pretty common in Ireland at that time– the new government, with Sean MacBride’s political partner Dr. Noel Browne as health minister, finally changed that. There’s a fascinating Wikipedia article on Browne. I’m glad our dad campaigned for his party just before we left. Thanks for your input, Pat. (You see how I always get sidetracked on another topic!)