Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Re -Thinking Who You Are

I like that show...


My Grandmother- Erma Nichelson -
From a good Pennsylvania German Family
Her family had names like Noah and Phoebe
The one where the celebrities search for their ancestors...


Who Do You Think You Are?


No. Not You, silly.


That's the name of the show I like. 


It comes on Friday's at 8pm.
Actually, I think this week is the final episode.
It's got Ashley Judd, which pretty much means we'll find out the history of all the Judd women.


This season has had Lionel Richie and his amazingly forward thinking emancipated ancestor...


Rosie O'Donnell and her Irish Immigrant ( yeah like that was a shocker) ancestors who game to the US via French Canadian territory...


Gweneth Paltrow  ( was Paltrowicz  in Poland... maybe we're related?) whose family was filled with dark secrets and half truths, and people that came from Barbados so she HAD to go there to do research just when a terrible snow storm hit here...

And Kim Cattrall who searched out and found out about the man who had left her mother's mother to care for 3 small girls in the midst of poverty and economic depression in England...


Yes, they have to be rich and famous to be able to pick up and fly to Canada, Ireland, Barbados and Europe.


But the stories they have found, the secrets they have uncovered...

My Grandfather- Raymond Suchocki- Yes, he is Polish
and was a first generation Polish-American born her.
His family had names like Katarzyna and Jadwiga


They are not only theirs.


They are the stories of many families over many generations from many places around the globe.








Tales of poverty and famine, of work houses and concentration camps, of abandonment -both  freely chosen and at the untimely and often very painful hand of the angel of death...




These, and so many more, are the tales that tell the story...


Not of individuals...


But of THE Individuals who built a Nation...


this GREAT NATION we Americans call...


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