EXCERPT: In the House of No Stories:
Finding the tales of my ancestors
by Jenne Micale
In the elementary school classroom, the teacher pushed primary-color tacks onto the map of the world, one for each of our ancestors. Specks of plastic dotted the usual places: Italy, Ireland, sometimes Africa. Our assignment, she said: Find out where your family is from for a book report and, of course, the ceremony that was thumbtacks-on-the-map.
On the way home, my next door neighbor glowed and crowed of her European mutt heritage: English and Danish and French, and whatever else she remembered to say that day. She chanted the names of her line and recounted her family's history as I kicked leaves on the sidewalk. The neighborhood used to be her family's farm, even though it had since been reduced to one green and white farmhouse in disrepair.
At home, I turned to my parents, who shifted their feet and turned to busy themselves with some mundane task: “Where do I put my thumbtacks on the map?”
[This excerpt is from a three-page article was published in Keltria: Journal of Druidism and Celtic Magick, Issue #42. It is available in its entirety to members of the Henge of Keltria via the Members Home page. It is available to non-members of the Henge and in print form via Mag Cloud.]
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