Country of Birth

She breathed a little easier since they were allowed to travel on one passport through Europe. She would no longer stand out as a single traveler with all her data exposed. Going from Goldstein to Silver was a step in the right direction when they married, and now, as a couple, he was the main star and she, a minor player. How could so many falsehoods surround her? Her place of birth, Tashkent, a lie. Her date of birth, another lie. She had to accept them as truth. When the train stopped in Frankfurt, her heart sank. Would she pass?

Evie Groch, Ed.D. is an Educational Consultant and Field Supervisor/Mentor for new administrators in Graduate Schools of Education in several Bay Area universities. Her opinion pieces, humor, poems, short stories, recipes, word challenges, and other articles have been published in the New York Times, The SF Chronicle, The Contra Costa Times, The Journal, J Weekly, and Games Magazine. Many of her poems are part of published anthologies. Her travelogues have been published online with Grand Circle Travel. The themes of travel and immigration hold a special place for her, having herself immigrated to the U.S. at the age of three.