Who I Am

Roots

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Roots.  The first thing I thought of was the movie. And that led to thinking about the present interest in sending one’s DNA to some laboratory that will break it down into one’s ethnic roots.

I have a cynical turn of mind about some things, and this is one of them. Seems like a good way to make a lot of money, to me.

Maybe I’m not impressed because I know all I need to know about my roots. German and Swedish on Dad’s side; Heinz 57 on Mom’s. One of my maternal aunts did an exhaustive family tree, which was interesting to follow. Most interesting to me is that she discovered some Polish Jew ancestry back in the 14th or 15th century.

Interesting, but not life-changing.

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So maybe my DNA would reveal that I’m actually descended from some near-eastern royalty, and I’m really a princess from a long-lost tribe somewhere.

So? I would venture to say that my life would go on just as it is, because no one really cares if my father was the seventh son of some German nobility, or if my mom is actually descended from the Queen of Sheba.

Maybe it matters somewhere, but not here in America. And that’s just fine with me.

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12 thoughts on “Who I Am

  1. Welcome back! And I agree with your thought: Interesting but not life-changing.

    I did some family tree research and was really happy to find out as much as I did. Not because of any claims to royalty, but I did learn our clan comes from southern Scotland, not Ireland as we’d previously thought. It’s just nice to know our roots, put our tribe on the map.

    On the other hand, my grandma’s people were all staunch Orangemen, keen on parades and such. That’s where holding onto those past ancestral pride and prejudice gets a person into trouble.

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      1. Thank you so much! My news at the Cancer clinic was good — and good news is right up there with the most effective mood enhancers. 😉
        So now I can get on with life again. Get out for more exercise… oh but! It snowed Sunday and now again today. 😦 ? Grrr.. 😦 !

        I dreamed last night that I was beside my bed and fell on my knees, begging the Lord to help me finish all these sewing projects I’ve got on the go. (Not hard to guess the origin of that one.) Today I’d better go do what I can to make my dream come true while the mood lasts. 🙂

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  2. I had one side of my tree that I had no information on, so I submitted one of those ancestry DNA tests. It was interesting to find out my lineage, and it wasn’t what I expected. I’ve found it fascinating to learn more about the lives of my ancestors through it.

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    1. Yes, I can understand that. I have a daughter-in-law who is really into the genealogy thing, and has unearthed some very interesting information–that hasn’t changed anyone’s life at all 🙂 And that was my point. Interesting, but not life-changing.

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