The sunny Corina Voicu does not want to linger on the
particulars of her life in Romania. She will always love
her native country, she declares, and her situation there
was nice. She and her husband held jobs as nurses, they
had two handsome sons, and their parents' farms supplied
all the free vegetables and poultry they needed.
But her husband, Mihai, whose soberness is the perfect
counterpoint to his wife's effervescence, gently interrupts.
"I was working for 18 years and I couldn't buy a
car," he says in accented English. They lived in
a small, two-room apartment where each night the living
room had to be converted into their bedroom.
"We met some nurses from Eastern Europe
and they told us, if you can get hired, this hospital will
help you grow.."
Home for the holidays. Clockwise
from left, Mihai, Alexandru, 18, Corina and Cristian Voicu,
16, in their Loch Raven Village home.