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