, Newburyport, MA


May 21, 2013

Sunshine in a package


Lynn, when she was in the fourth grade, had her picture taken with a few students from Molin Upper Elementary School at the Courtyard Pond, feeding fish, frogs and turtles. In 2012 she won the Peace Award from the Newburyport Committee for Diversity and Tolerance. This appeared May 24, 2012 in The Daily News.

Martha, the proud mom, glows when she talks about her children. I asked her how they have adapted to living here and what questions they asked her when they first arrived in the U.S. One question, “How come Americans eat cold cuts?” The food culture here is very different. They weren’t used to our prepared foods. They also referred to the “white rain” and discovered snow!

Jared, Martha’s husband, works for Turning Point. Martha originally started in housekeeping but was moved to the position of CNA when her abilities were recognized as to how well she worked with the patients and her special talent in giving good care. Every night that she worked she would stop by to say hello to my roommate and me. After that I saw her lugging heavy bags of laundry as she readied her patients for bed and escorted other patients to their rooms. She talked to each one while she worked and I noticed smiles and conversation from patients as if they felt they were the most important people in the world. Martha has a knack for many other talents as a choir member and kindergarten teacher for her church.

It is so wonderful to see this family come to America and contribute their assets to the community. Martha was a pleasure to know during my 36 days of rehab and I will never forget her.

After the Patriots Day incident I really felt blessed to know about this lovely family who had come to this country to work hard to achieve the “American Dream” and have come to fully realize it.


Sara-Ann Eames lives in Newburyport.

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