I Remember Mama - A Wonderful Film About Immigrant Life In America

The movie I would have to relate to would be ‘I Remember Mama’. This is the story of a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco around 1910 and how the mother budgets the families money, counting pennies so she does not have to go to the bank.

Barbara-Jo's Beach Blog,ClearwaterFloridaRealEstateBlog.comThis is a movie that I have probably seen at least a dozen times, back when I still owned a VCR. I often made mental comparisons to my own family from this film. Although we are not Norwegian, both of my grandmothers were immigrants and both sides of the family had to assimilate into American society. Both grandmothers refused to teach their children their native Slovak language, insisting that the children become ‘American’. (The photo below is my father with his maternal grandparents. They brought their family to America at the beginning of the Twentieth Century from what is today the Slovak Republic, a little before the time set in this film.)

The movie and the comparisons have been something I have reflected on often when dealing with clients that are not Americans by birth. I think itBarbara-Jo's Beach Blog,ClearwaterFloridaRealEstateBlog.com gives me a certain appreciation of what immigrants to through, adapting to the American way of life. It also provides me with an ability to empathize with foreign born clients who have difficulty in understanding the processes that take place in our country and how it is different from their native country.

I think we often take things for granted and a film like this makes us remember that who we are and how we experience the world around us depends on our own past experiences. MY reality is not YOUR reality. This knowledge can make us better at what we do on a daily basis………..assist others.



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LaNita Cates
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I've never heard of this movie but will rent it. I love old movies (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is still my all time favorie). Love the photo of your family!

Apr 09, 2012 09:57 PM #1
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Barbara ...I remember this one... and I see how it could be so much like your life. I have not found one yet for me.. then again I am not the movie buff.. Great reading your story.. thanks for sharing!

Apr 09, 2012 10:55 PM #2
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Thanks so much for your participation and entry to

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Apr 09, 2012 11:32 PM #3
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Thanks, LaNita !!

Janis - I am not much of a movie buff either but this one film I really love!

Roger - thanks for thinking this one up!

Apr 10, 2012 01:00 AM #4
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Barbara-Jo - This sounds like one of those lovely old movies with a great message.  I love the photo of your family - they have a very determined look about them.  I also love the empathy you show towards those arriving to your country.

Apr 10, 2012 01:13 AM #5
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Sally - Other than the Native Americans, too many forget that we are indeed A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS.

Apr 10, 2012 01:26 AM #6
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Hi Barb,

How have you been ? I would love to see this movie, I'll rent it one day. I know if I would turn my story to the movie it would be a great one. 

Greetings from Poland !

Zijuzijazijana

Apr 10, 2012 02:50 AM #7
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Great tie-in from movie to what we do each and every day. In Florida, we certainly have an influx of international home buyers, and your words hit the mark.

Apr 10, 2012 03:46 AM #8
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Howdy and afternoon Barbara Jo

Barbara Jo my friend, I Remember Mama sure does sound like a mighty fine movie to watch.

That's sure a mighty fine looking photo of your dad and his Grandparents.

Way to many folks now a days sure do take way to many things for granted.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Apr 10, 2012 06:37 AM #9
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Barbara-Jo ~ I do remember that program.  I also remember talking to my mom about that and how it reminded her of her paternal grandmother.

Apr 10, 2012 07:48 AM #10
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Eva - yes, it is good hearing from you. I will be in Europe later this year but only as far East as Berlin.

Thanks, William, we often forget that we all came from elsewhere............

I have to agree with you there, Dale!

Dawn - It is so nice when we make those connections!

Apr 10, 2012 09:55 AM #11
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Barbara, I should rent this movie. I can relate. My husband is the first generation of immigrants form Soviet Union in or family. I am not saying we are because it was him who came with $300 in his pocket. I came years later and wasn't force to work at that point but I did help him working from home. But you are right it takes a lot to adjust to the new country and very often you feel that you are stranger here. Good luck on the contest.

Apr 13, 2012 04:21 AM #12
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Anna - yes, it takes years to get used to the new country...........I lived in Germany for 17 years........and when I came back to Florida, I had to get used to life here all over again...............

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Yes we have to go to the bank...to cash those commission checks...MAMA....good one BJ

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Richie - yes, I love that movie! So many memories!

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Barbara-Jo, I have so enjoyed this challenge. It has given us a great opportunity to learn something new about our AR family. I can see where your upbringing would be a benefit to foreign-born clients.

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Tammie - I was always so proud of my maternal grandmother who taught herself to read and write in English. Her letters were impressive! She came here at age 16 and never attended a regular school in this country!

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