Posted 17 June 2013 - 08:37 PM
Edited by J. Walker, 19 June 2013 - 05:31 AM.
Prologue: September 2, 1945 - Milan, Italy
Life in Italy was a rather terrible experience for the locals. The year was 1945 and Italy was still in WWII which has been nothing but destruction in the country. It wasn't easy to leave because the government wouldn't allow anybody to migrate in or out the country. But one man who was tired of all the corruption occurring around him in Milan decided he was going to leave this black hole one way or another. His name was Giovanni Camminatore.
Giovanni would watch television constantly in hopes of watching the "Come to America" commercials, it was his motivation. He was always planning a way to get to America without any trouble but at the time, it was very hard to do so. Giovanni watches the commercial and dreams about how his life would be in America, more preferably, New York. To him it was the best place to be in this world and everybody is a winner. Unlike people in Italy where people are abused by the regime of Mussolini and there was no hope for this war to end. People were getting desperate for the end of the war.
Giovanni turns on the radio for the latest news on the war and receives the best news after hearing these four words "The War is over." Everybody started celebrating and cheering "Liberty at last" which is what they wanted for the past six years. Giovanni right away thought, this could be his chance to finally leave the country and go to America to fulfill his dreams of being a lawyer.
He gathers some money around to buy a ticket at the station which is a twenty-five minute drive from his house. Little did he know, others were planning on leaving as well. There was a long line of at least fifty people and Giovanni was last in line, he had bad timing and he waited so long to get to the teller. Finally after an hour of waiting he reaches the teller but he couldn't purchase a ticket because they were all out, Giovanni sighs in frustration giving the annoyed look onto the tellers eyes and thinks it's the end of the world. Walking out the place with a tear forming upon his left eye, a tear of dissappointment, he looks around seeing people happy and excited for their trip to America. Faces smiling so wide you can see the detail on all of their teeth, grasping their tickets with a strength that not even a super man can break... something Giovanni did not have.
Giovanni looks down his empty hands grabbing only the air which will get him nowhere wishing for a miracle and right before him, a miracle just happened. He overheard a man happy over the local public phone, He announces that his wife is is now having a baby at the Ospedale Niguarda Cā Granda which was about thirty minutes from where we were at. He mentioned he had just purchased a ticket but seemed like he won't make the trip. A light bulb just turned on above Giovanni's head, he could buy the ticket from the man. Walking up towards him Giovanni is feeling chills down his spine as each step gets closer to him. Giovanni reaches the man who is still jumping in excitement, Giovanni pulls out a folded up stack of one Italian dollar bills and offers it to the man for the ticket.
They make the transaction and Giovanni finally had a ticket for the S.S. Miracolo, Miracle. Giovanni now holds an actual ticket in his hands and he grasps the ticket like everyone else did and feels an uncontrollable excitement within his mind and body. He runs home going full speed not thinking about stopping anytime soon. He he makes it to his home he tells his family the good news. The ship leaves in three days which is enough time to pack and say his goodbyes. Time for some crying and heartaches but he was ready for them.
After arriving to his home, the family starts celebrating Giovanni's leave and they wish him good luck with many love. Soon enough, everybody living on the same block started saying their goodbyes but even though he leaves in three days he know a lot can happen between now and then so he tried to stay cautious. It was only a matter of time that people tried to take away the ticket but Giovanni countered them and kept it safe after numerous attempts.
A man who was slightly older than Giovanni told him that America wasn't what he though it was, apparently he has been there before but Giovanni didn't believe him because it has been known that man was a bit mental. Nothing could ruin Giovanni's happiness at this point because he is finally going to the land of opportunity and be somebody with a great life and future.
Giovanni looks at the clock on the wall and realizes it's time to go to bed, even though he couldn't sleep because of the excitement, he knew he needed a lot of energy for the next day to get things ready. Night time in Giovanni's street is always so peaceful and the moon shines through his window aiming at the tickets placed next him. That little piece of paper is going to change his life.