It’s close on to a week since arriving in Utah. It already feels longer just by what I’ve already experienced. Mum and I have settled nicely all thanks to the wonderful hospitality of our family here. We are staying with Uncle Mike and Aunty Martha Meredith. Aunty Rona has also flown in from Pennsylvania where she now lives with one of her son’s and his family.
Aunty Martha and Aunty Rona immigrated from Vava’u, Tonga to NZ around the same time as my mother, during the early 1950’s. They are related through the Wolfgramm side and spent alot of their early years hanging out together. Aunty Rona explained that because they all (including my mother) had German blood they did not receive Tongan passports, they all were issued a document declaring them ‘stateless’. I find this incredible to believe – and am sitting on this new information in the hope of creating a response.
Aunty Martha and Aunty Rona have been living in America for over 40 years now. They initially settled in California before calling Utah home. Uncle Mike and Aunty Martha have 9 children so it’s been a busy time meeting them all. It’s been wonderful to meet some of the children over the Easter weekend. Just like any great island family mum and food are the common glue that holds the entity together.