I saw that this was one of the daily prompts today and I knew I had to jot down a few quick thoughts about….
Bet you never saw that coming. 😉
Definition of heritage by Mirriam Webster
You’ve probably heard people say things like this: “Oh, wow, you look so much like your dad.” or “You have your mom’s nose, like, exactly.” or “You’re sure that you weren’t adopted? You look nothing like your parents at all.”
My cousin recently sent me the photo pictured below with a note: “You make this face!”
And I totally do.
This photo is of my grandparents at their wedding. Both of them passed away in 2000 when I was 9 years old, but somehow I still make the same facial expression as my grandmother has here! (And I’m decently certain I’ve never seen my father make that face, fyi.)
So. Have you ever wondered if you resemble someone from the distant past? That mannerisms, facial expressions, and maybe even the way your eyes are set in your skull– that those things might be inherited (and, really, are inherited) from your 16th great grandfather? Doesn’t that fascinate you? It does fascinate me.
It’s tangible heritage. Heritage is not just the antique desk your great aunt left you that you really can’t find room for (hit me up. I want ALLLLL the antiques you own. No, seriously.), heritage is maybe the way you like your coffee, or the curl of your hair, or the shape of your ears. Or how you inexplicably have blue eyes when you really should have brown.
I’ve always loved bagpipe music. At my husband’s and my wedding, we hired a bagpiper to do all the music and it was just fantastic. As it turns out, I have a LOT of Scottish heritage and am descended from the clan that claims to have first used the bagpipe! Go figure. 🙂