A year or so ago, I started thinking about my ancestry and my connection to the cultures of my ancestors. My dad is obsessed with genealogy so I can tell you that I'm a American-born European mutt. I'm pretty sure the list of what I'm not is shorter than what I am. Please don't make me list everything that I remember him saying we are because genealogy makes me go cross-eyed and fuzzy-brained. But the point is, that while I'm probably related to every person in Europe, I don't feel a connection to most of the cultures of my ancestors. They're just words on a page; they don't mean anything to me. But I do feel a connection and a curiosity two definite cultures from my ancestry: the French and the Irish.
I've always loved Paris. I love pictures of Paris. Reading about Paris. My favorite book is set in Paris (come back for my E post). There has just always been a connection to France within me. I got to go to France after I graduated from high school and our tour guide showed us a statue of Charlemagne. And as I looked up at it, I remember thinking "I came from him." That was the first time I felt a real connection to a name from my dad's genealogy research.
But I'm really drawn towards the Irish ancestry. I want to see Ireland. I want to see where my ancestors lived, how they lived, how they worked. What clothes did they wear? What were their favorite colors? Their favorite songs? Did they play the fiddle, the bagpipes, the flute? Did they dance? I can't even really explain it. It's beyond wanting to know all those things. It's a need to know about them.
Does anyone else have that? Where you have ancestors from many different cultures but you only feel a connection to one or two?