2 points: Movie theme: Immigrants
The whole topic of Illegal immigrants is so political right now that I don’t really want to get into it strongly. A Better Life was about a single father in America illegally with his teenage son. He has been struggling to make a better life for him and his son and finally started to do so by buying a gardeners truck and tools with money borrowed from his sister. It was nice to see the pride in his eyes when he got it, even though he knew if he got a ticket or was stopped for any reason it could mean trouble for him. I won’t give away the course of events. What I will say is it gave one a greater sensitivity to how illegal immigrants live, what prejudices they face, etc. and it did serve to reshape my opinion about things. Definitely worth watching
2 points: Activity
In keeping with the theme of immigrants, we went to another meeting of our Tales from abroad group to learn a little more about Poland from a woman who immigrated to the United States as an adult. We had actually learned quite a bit about Poland from our trip there in 2015 when we were on a quest to learn more about our father’s origins. We even had a private tour to his home city, Tarnow. At this week’s meeting our host Anna dressed in a traditional country outfit and cooked some dishes we hadn’t had before – beet soup and a type of cabbage stew. It was fun going back to our roots once again.
2 points – New food
“I” month was the perfect time to finally try an Indian restaurant. A friend recommended we try the lunch buffet at the Maharaja Restaurant so we could sample a variety of dishes. Everything we tasted had great flavor but overall the spice level was too high for us (we are lightweights after all). It would have been far more helpful had we invited our friend to join us and guide the way through the unfamiliar.