August 02, 2002
Where Do I Come From?

1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from?
I am over half Italian, the rest is mostly British, with some random elements thrown in.

2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit?
Italy. Which I have now been to twice and absolute love it. I went the first time when I was 16 and a junior in high school (Latin club trip during April vacation). As we were riding on the bus from the airport to the first hotel, I really felt like I had somehow come home. And a few years back, when we were in Venice, I was really comfortable. There is something about it that calls to me there.

On the other hand, the one time I was in Britain I really loved that too. *smiles*

3. Which would you least like to visit? Why?
None of the above. I like traveling, and I like the places I came from. So there aren't really any disadvantages to visiting either that I can think of!

4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage?
*shakes head* Not regularly, no. I think the closest I've ever come to a ritual was Dad walking across Cotton Mathers' grave in Boston because Cotton was the guy during the Salem witch trials who authorized the hanging of one of my ancestors (George Burroughs -- first man hung during the Salem witch trials).

5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)?
From Britain? We came over on the Mayflower. Yes, seriously.

From Italy? I'm the third generation born here. I remember one of my maternal great grandmothers speaking Italian when I was a little girl. My memories of her are really vague, but I remember her being very much like the typical Italian grandma.

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