39. Your Heritage
I AM SO BORING! I’m white and I am mostly English, first generation Australian but my great great grandparents on my Grandmother/mothers side are Irish…On the surface my Heritage is probably what people would call a “basic b*@ch”.
Then we have to ask ourselves, what is Heritage? Is it skin based, is it where you are born, is it traditions set by your family…or is it all of the above? My family on both sides have had amazing people that you will have never have heard of, but make me feel extremely proud.
Even when things were “proper” in England my family never really did follow the rules. Take my Mothers Grand mother (who I wish I had met). Lost part of her leg to polio, never stopped her. She had the operation and a week later she was hopping everywhere. My mum said that she was constantly falling over, but it didn’t bother her. She was gentle and kind, but made of ‘tough stuff’. Her oldest son was born out of wedlock (there was a rumour it was the preacher’s son) and she claimed him as her own, something completely unheard of at the time.
My Great Grandfather (who I wish was still around) was just so wise, although had an Irishman’s temper, but not with me and not with my Mum…We’re special *nods head* We found this notebook full of all of his thoughts and I would love to share them with you all. However I feel like I need to ask permission to see if I can share them. I have wanted to Greece and visit the ancient sites and we recently found a notebook with all his thoughts and he was writing about visiting Greece. Visiting the ancient sites. It’s amazing, even from beyond how he still influences me.
Then there was a Great Uncle of my Grandmother…He was found murdered and dressed in a dress, which apparently he used to do a lot (Is my brother a reincarnation?)
At a time when people didn’t do the things they weren’t supposed to be doing my family were doing, they were doing them. I like to carry that around with me. A lot of people from my family were very far ahead of their times.