At Least They Have Cabbage in Common

I’m doing a picture dump to my computer today and this was something that made me laugh and will hopefully bring a smile to your face.

My full surnames both represent the deeply Irish heritage of the two sides of my family. A true mouthful, my brother and I were brought up using both names in order to honor the two lines that were so far removed from one another, yet had been married together. So, everytime this Heritage Project comes up at my daughter’s school, I pull for Ireland. I pull hard. And every year she remembers a small mention years ago of a random ancestor we have from Romania. And she pulls hard back.

A Thanksgiving project, these dolls are a concept from an early elementary lesson plan around a book called Molly’s Pilgrim which explores ancestry and heritage from a child’s point of view. Each student is encouraged to research their chosen country for a small class presentation and create a dolly that represents their family.

Now…There is all but *no* blond hair on my side of the family and we were well despeciated away from googly eyes by at least 1950. I don’t know who this person was exactly. A great-great of my mother is about all I know. But, in Joey’s unbending determination to represent the children of Romania and cast aside her pale, potato loving Irish forebears, I have amassed a small army of these little clothespin dolls. Here was this years. After laboring over unraveling the yarn hair by hand, I was made to beautify it with a little salon treatment!

“Everyone will wonder how I did the hair!” -My Kid

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23 thoughts on “At Least They Have Cabbage in Common

  1. Good job there! Good daddy

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Thanks! I have 3 now and working towards enough for a clothespin soccer team!

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  2. Now this is too cute and she is right ….how did you do that hair.

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    1. Thank you! I unraveled each strand of yarn, then we glued the swatch of yarn waves right to her! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  3. This is brilliant!😁

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    1. She got her a new hair don’t!

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    1. Thanks! πŸ˜‚ I guess they had perms in old timey Romania!!!

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      1. Old timey for her might mean the 80’s and I’d probably guess they did have perms in the 80’s because who didn’t?! Lol

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        1. That’s true, since old timey to her is when I was a kid! 😭

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          1. Haha! Of course it is! But that’s when the dinosaurs were roaming right? That’s when all parents were alive?

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  4. My kids did a similar project with a paper cut out doll dressed with yarn and fabric. They both chose to ignore my mutt Caucasian background and focus on their dad’s Native American ancestors.
    Now I wanna go dig in the boxes and see if I can find them…

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    1. You should! I put these on the mantle in the basement. It will be a little unnerving if more get added πŸ˜‚

      We are sort of mutty as well but Irish blood abounds in all parts. And looooong lost Romania going strong! πŸ˜‚ She really attached to that for some reason.

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  5. Oh you multi-talented father. You should get Father of the Year award πŸ™‚

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    1. At *least* the award for Most Bestest Googly Eyeballs!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  6. I am Romanian and being a teenager in 80s, I can say that we had perms at that time even if we were living under communism. πŸ™‚
    A really great work! Congratulations to you both father and daughter!

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    1. It’s so funny how indicative of that time period perms were. So dolly is in style for the time my daughter was imagining! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— Thank you so much!

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      1. It really is!!
        You are more than welcome! πŸ™‚

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  7. This is a keeper. Such a great dad.

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    1. 😊 Thanks! She will soon be immortalized on display with her little wooden friends!

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  8. This is so funny. We all glob on to something. We are very Irish as well, though my father always seemed miffed we didn’t talk about the one Swede or Scotsman … well not until a temper flares – then we all remember the Scotland. 😊

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    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m going to go look for the Mike Myers, “If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap!” bit.

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