Grandmother Photograph in a Montreal Park. Arrival of Grandma in Canada in order to take care of her grandchildren. Source: Immigrec
“And the women suffered”
A woman refers to the lack of help in raising the children, simultaneously
commenting on cohabitation with relatives.
Α.Μ.Τ.: Other difficulties alright… We wanted to do…
the difficulty was when I had my children and I had no help, I brought over my
parents. Afterwards I didn’t experience any difficulty. They changed. It was
then that it was difficult and then were sitting many of us together. Because
we had this rustic thing. Having my brother-in-law and my cousin and one and
the other, while raising the children, this was difficult.
Res.: All of them had come?
Α.Μ.Τ.: All of them inside my house.
Res.: They had come from Greece? Afterwards, after you
Α.Μ.Τ.: From Greece, yes, one by one. Yes, one by one
and we were sitting at home and this was happening almost with all the Greeks,
I could say. And the women struggled. The men didn’t struggle. The woman
struggled with this and you didn’t want to speak because you’d say “What
should I do now? What should I say?”. This lasted for a decade, to whomever I
talk in my age, they all experienced this.