Like most U.S. citizens, I am a mongrel
Within my veins and chromosomes flows the heritage of 300,000 years
I, like all people, came out of Africa.
According to DNA analysis, my Paleolithic ancestors lived in northern Spain.
I do not remember this.
Family conversations alluded to more recent ancestors from the British Isles and Germany
I do not remember this
I do remember stories of early California ranches and farms –
Buckboards and stage coaches—
Not from personal experience
Then I began to act in my own drama.
First, following the standard American script:
School, college, marriage, children
Cooking, cleaning, washing clothes.
Jobs that took me to many lands
Learning, absorbing, respecting.
I am part of all that I have met and learned.
All that I have met and learned are part of me
And I have only just begun.