Sunday, November 20, 2016
Roots, We want to hear about your family
To really understand a person, it helps to know where they came from. Some people grow into their family history, some grow away from it, in both cases the past shapes who we are and what we do. To truly know a person, you need to know a little about their family. Hence my Sunday Five questions this week.
1: Where are you from?
2: Where was your mother born and describe her parents?
3: Where was your father born and describe his parents?
4: What did you parents do for a living?
5: Describe your siblings?
1: Where I am from is a complicated answer, I was born in Michigan, went to part of the first grade in Phoenix, I split high school between Michigan and Florida. I have lived in five states. I spent most of childhood on an 80 acre funny farm, about 70 miles north of Detroit.
2: My mother was born in very rural Michigan, north of Lansing. Her parents were subsistence farmers, her father supplemented his income as a shovel or drag-line operator. My mother was a teenager when they had electricity in the house for the first time. Neither of her parents went to school beyond the 8th grade.
3: My father was born in the suburbs of Detroit. His mother was born in London, his father in rural Illinois near St Louis. His father's family moved to Detroit to work in the factories, his mother's father was in Detroit working on a tunnel project when they met. My grandmother worked in an office during WW-II (and liked it) my grandfather worked for Ford for 30 years and then let his hobby of beekeeping become a his life's work as a farmer.
4: My mother liked to work outside the home, she moved the city after high school and worked in a bank and later in the payroll department at Chrysler until my brothers were born, she went back to work in an office when I was about 10, worked on the farm with my father and worked in retail after "retirement." My father started out as a machinist, and followed his father onto the honey farm / funny farm. We had livestock, millions of bees - nothing else on the farm. After he "retired" he worked as a parts buyer in a cruise-missile factory for a few years. My father quit school during World War II and went to work, and into the Army near the end of the War, he passed the GED after I finished high school.
5: I am the youngest of four children. My oldest brother, who turns 65 this month, was in the Navy, worked in ship yards, and then in IT, he has a BA and an MBA. My middle brother drives a truck for Disney, he has worked for the rat for about 40 years. He had some developmental issues and has done really well with his life. My sister, is about 2 years older than I am. She finished high school and stayed in Michigan, she has two adult sons, she has worked hard doing everything from farm labor, to factories, to care giving, to office manager in car dealerships, she earned her BA about the time she quit working. She married her high school sweetheart a couple of years ago, her second marriage, his fourth I think.