Who do I come from?

June 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

Part of this project is figuring out more about myself and thanks to my sister Amity’s efforts, I can now look back at how my ancestry might have shaped who I am. It’s easy for me to mark the influence my grandparents on my mother’s side have had on me because I grew up knowing them well and spending a lot of time with them. It’s harder to know what I’ve inherited beyond them from other sides of my family. My other grandfather died before I was born and I didn’t see my Dad’s mother very much. She passed away when I was 12.

I often find myself noticing more and more traits coming out in me as an adult that remind me of my parents. As with anything, there’s good and bad. This week I want to explore my ancestry to see what my family was like and how some of their traits made their way down to me.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like to go back in time and meet some of them when they were my age. Would I see myself in them? Would we have the same temperament? The same ideals? Inevitably the world they lived in was markedly different than now, especially in the roles of women, but I wonder if there would be any underlying similarities?

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