I am participating in the
All participants are sharing stories about moments in their lives, writing
every day for the month of March 2021.
Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for nurturing teacher-writers!
"I am Maureen, daughter of Alice, daughter of Agnes, daughter of Margaret, daughter of Bridget."
Just saying these words aloud gives me goose pimples, it is as if I can feel the passage of time, thinking about those who have gone before me. Can you name back four generations of your forebears? A friend attended an educational conference where everyone on the panel introduced themselves this way. Intrigued and curious, I immediately attempted my own introduction in this manner. I was astounded that I could only name my mother's first name and her mother's first name - and I wasn't entirely certain I was right about my grandmother's first name.
Today's my mother's birthday (she died in 2018), and I am thinking about her, our family history. I have tons of questions and so few answers. I know very little, really, about these women. But now I know their names.
"Remember that you are all people and that all people are you."
- Joy Harjo