Is heritage important to you?

@mandakat (879)
Canada
October 31, 2006 7:29pm CST
Have you researched your heritage at all? Are you firmly connected to your geneological and historical roots, or is it not something you've ever felt an interest toward?
2 responses
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
1 Nov 06
Heritage is what we are. To say it is not important is to deny ourselves importance. Yes, heritage is vauable to me. My ethnic roots and the contribution of culture, tradition, and personalities, make me who I am and shape what I enjoy. Of German heritage and Irish, I can be hot-headed or stubborn, or both. I have a touch of red in my hair too. But mostly, I value heritage because I have lost all grandparents, both parents, and a sibling already. Losses intensify the meaning of family and heritage.
@mandakat (879)
• Canada
1 Nov 06
I'm glad that you have made an important place for it in your life! My family history has been particularly difficult to trace, and my mother works on it constantly. I haven't yet bothered to gather from her everything that she has so far, but I do think it's extremely important. I feel very connected to my Scottish and Irish roots, from my pale and easily sunburned skin, through my love of cooler climates and nature, to the reddish highlights in my hair. I hope to move to either area some day, although on the other hand, I love being Canadian. I know that I have a few titles in our family history, as well as some pretty well-to-do thieves. I know a fair amount about our medical history also.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
5 Nov 06
My German heritage has always been very important to me. I grew up just a few miles from the Amana Colonies where my grandfather's family lived. There are still descendents of the family living there. My great-uncle wrote a book about the history of the colonies which fascinated me no end. And I've been to family reunions in the colonies where old relatives tell stories about the way it was in the old days.