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Friday Five. Then off to RPG.
1. What is your lineage? Where are your ancestors from?

My father's side? God only knows. My mother says he was of Italian descent, but my mother spins elaborate fantasies at the drop of a hat, so I don't take her word for things like this.

My mother's mother was pure German. Grandpa's family was mixed-bag Indiana hillbilly. They've been in the U.S. back to the Revolutionary War, but information gets sketchier and sketchier as the family's genealogy hits that period. Since the names are Robinson, Chapman, Martin, etc, English and probably German is a good guess.

2. Of those countries, which would you most like to visit?

I've visited England; it's probably still my favourite.

3. Which would you least like to visit? Why?

Italy, because, well, I don't speak Italian! (I do speak enough German to at least get myself directed to the nearest library where I could take a refresher course. Italian, I've had one semester of, and can wish someone good luck on an exam, and ask for the restroom.)

4. Do you do anything during the year to celebrate or recognize your heritage?

Yes. Like all the other Germanic women in my family, I stay short and round all year, as an expression of respect for my ancestors.

5. Who were the first ancestors to move to your present country (parents, grandparents, etc)?

Oldest traced ancestor was some sort of drummer boy (official? tag along?) in the revolutionary war. Most recent immigrants would be my great great great grandfather, who immigrated from Germany in the late 1800's. That side of the family is, as mentioned, pure German - they all married their neighbors and their cousins once removed, and they're all short and plump and have maloccluded lower jaws. Sadly, I take after them.

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2002-08-02 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)


(Which sounds less fun than Dickefest, but translates much more pleasantly.)


2002-08-02 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Not so short because of the Croatian genes, but definitely on the curvy side which I blame on the German genes and my grandmother's insistence to force-feed everyone at least three times daily... where do you guys get these little question thingies from?


2002-08-02 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Chinese telephone? The friday five is an actual site, which posts five questions every friday for journaling/listing fun, but most of us just get them from other people's blogs!


2002-08-02 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes. Like all the other Germanic women in my family, I stay short and round all year, as an expression of respect for my ancestors.

I love it! I'm not too short, but I qualify on round. And I actually have pointed out my heritage to people who 'helpfully' offer me the names of 'really great diets'.


2002-08-02 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

My grandmother, at 5'1", was the second tallest of three girls. My great-aunt Marie is 4'11", I think.

My mom's 5'2", and I'm 5'3". We may actually be getting taller!


2002-08-02 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

I seriously wish I'd thought of this when I did the FFive. I hold it steady at 5'2 (and a quarter) and am definitely round. My older brother is on the short side for men - 5'7. I think my paternal grandmother (the German side) is short, but I haven't seen a lot of her the past several years, so it just may be childhood memories. Deda, however, was definitely a man of short stature.



2002-08-02 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Don't dislike Italy! Our respected ancestors are short and round as well, and can make a kick ass tomato sauce.;)

Re: Hee.


2002-08-08 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

This is true. And I schlurp on the tomato sauce. Mmmm.

I'm soft and round, too!


2002-08-08 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

And Latina. Lots of Latinas are soft and round. And short. I'm 5 even. My tallest sister is 5'3. My shortest is 4 '10.

Hmm. How many slash readers/ writers are short? I wonder..... :-)