Thursday, May 03, 2007

It's Knowing Where You're From

NPR's All Things Considered ran a lovely commentary by Laura Lorson about The Kentucy Derby. She's a native Louisvillan and talked about what the Derby means to her. It ended with, "It's about knowing where you're from."

Do you know how many pieces/stories end this way?

The template looks something like this:

a) Introduce significant historical event or place
b) Sprinkle memorable details of its quirkiness/uniqueness
c) Describe impact of such event/place on your life/development
d) End with, "It's about knowing where you're from/who you are/your place in the world.

In no way am I picking on Lorson's commentary or criticizing it as formulaic. I greatly enjoyed it. Just pointing out the very basic human desire for connectedness to a sense of place, a people. That we are part of a tribe, a culture. That in our blood we wear funny hats during a Spring ritual of horse racing or, mmmm, still crave Menudo on Sunday mornings even if we know it's filled with tripe.

We just want to know where we come from, folks.

It's that simple.

We just want what you (the non-adopted) have.

18 Comments:

Blogger LeRoy Dissing said...

I totally agree Nina. It is a basic human right, in my opinion, to know one's origins - and there are a lot of reasons why it is healthy to know that. This issue would get my vote if I ever have an opportunity to vote on it. Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate you and the issues you bring up.

3:34 AM  
Blogger momseekingpeace said...

Well you dont get to know that because well......because you don't, thats why.

Oh no wait, thats not it, its because your file burnt up in a file...nooo.nooo.wait that's not it...

Oh I know, its because you are an adopted child....yeah..nooo thats not it either..

Oh I know...here it is, its because your "birthmothers" decided when they "gave" away thier children that they wanted confidentiality. Yes that sounds good, well stick with that one. It will take a good fight to let people get past that one.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

WHOA! You know, I never quite got how much the "story" shifts. But it totally does, doesn't it?

11:39 AM  
Blogger Erika said...

it isnt just non adopted who dont know their roots. ive met alot of friends whose mothers got pregnant by someone else and then married a husband - who take on the role of father. then they spring it on them when theyre older,oh by the way...

children such as my daughter, whse father died before she was born and has no connection to that side of the family and i have no stories or info to tell her.she's 10 and i know it makes her wonder and makes her sad.

or foster children. growing up in foster care moving from place to place. without any roots.

ok so we non adopted know our names but many many families keep secrets about identities and history and i just wanted to point that out.

8:08 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

opening records is a basic human right. i just wanted to add that

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