I love Monday Listicles!
And this week, I Love, Love, Big Squishy heart Love this prompt! I apologize if I write that every week, but when somethings good, it's good!
In case you are new here, or live under a rock, Stasha at the Good Life hosts a weekly link up with her famous Listicles. This week we're encouraged to write of "10 family tree related things".
If you know anything of my family in real life, you know we've got quite the family so you can imagine my excitement with this list!
10 Facts about our Family Tree
1. Our family likes to reproduce
Usually you hear adages about large Italian or Irish Catholic families, however in our case, I come from long lines of large Polish/Slovak families. My mom is one of six. My father is one of eight. Every one of my aunts and uncles except one has at least one child, most have two or three. My uncle Jim has seven.
Throw in my grandparents siblings, my parents cousins, and their children and what have you got?
No family related function is small.
Poor Bry when we were wedding planning.
2. Grandparents' marriage stories.
Legend has it, my father's parents HAD to get married. (wink, nod)
While my mother's parents eloped after only dating a few months.
Funny, all of their children had traditional weddings.
3. President Adams'
My mom swears my grandmother's lineage can be related back to John Adams & John Q. Adams. I have yet to see the paperwork on that one, however it makes for a good story.
4. Military Service
Both grandfathers served in World War II. Pop-Pop L as a cook in the Army, while Pop-Pop D was a seaman in the navy. Both my father and his brother, Paul were drafted into service during Vietnam. Uncle Paul followed my grandfather's footsteps and became a cook too. Somehow, someway, my dad ended up in military intelligence.
We still are trying to figure that one out.
If you're pregnant, I've got a suggestion for a name. Go with Steven, Paul, Frank, Joseph, Kathy, or Marie.
In our family that appears to be the naming guidelines, hence Uncle Joe, dad Joe, Brother Joey, Uncle Jimmy, Little Jimmy, Pop-Pop Paul, Uncle Paul, cousin Paul Michael, Mom-Mom Marie, Aunt Marie, Pop-Pop Frank, Uncle Frank, Great uncle Frank, Cousin Kathy,cousin in law Kathy, & great cousin Kathy.
Then there's the Steve conundrum:
Uncle Steve, Great uncle Steve , Cousin Steve, Second cousin Steve, Uncle Steven (or Steve-out if you're Mo), and Bry's best friend who is Uncle Steve too.
And people ask why we chose Moira & Maeve?
6. Small Town Ties
Both our families have very strong and deep ties to my hometown, as both sets immigrated here five generations ago. Our town, originally a steel town, gave refuge to a large group of Eastern Europeans. Lots of Slovaks- like both my grandfathers, a bunch of Poles- like Mom-Mom L. and then the Irish/Welsh mixes like Mom-Mom D.
7. My Parents Courtship
Baseball brought my parents together, so it only seems appropriate they are the Phillies fans that they are today.
My dad coached Babe Ruth baseball and had both his youngest brother and my mom's middle brother on his team. My mom, being nearly 8 years younger would go out to the field to watch the games and would swoon over my father. Eventually they started dating and the rest is history.
Family legend has it that their wedding reception, the last to be hosted at the Slovak Club, was wild and crazy.
8. Teaching & Health care
These professions are prolific in our family, and not just for the woman. Besides myself and my brother, there are three other members with teaching certification, while nursing has been a field that at least five close relatives have chosen, one cousin is a respiratory therapist and then, of course, there's my sister, Auntie Doctor G.
9. The Traditions
I have mentioned before that there are quite a number of Polish/Slovak traditions that have been lost over time. Mainly as the generations have passed, so has our ability to speak the native tongue. Except of course, for a few choice words. My girls now know two polish words: that for butt & sit.
Really what else do you need?
10. Our Story
I met someone from "elsewhere", which seemed to expand the family tree. We chose not to place our roots in my hometown.
We're crazy like that.
Now, all these stories from above are being mixed and melded with Bry's family tree to create our own tree. Those stories, those roots will have an important part as will those stories Bry shares, giving our girls their own unique family tree. As greater cultural mutts then I, they've got a lot of learning to do!