Hello World! I know I haven't been writing on my blog lately... it was for a reason. Sometimes, you have to take a step back (from everything AND everyone) to see ahead! I've spent the last two months on an in-depth journey of self-discovery since I received my matriclan (maternal) African Ancestry DNA results documented in my last post, "Finding My Roots".
Today, I received my patriclan (paternal) results in the mail...
My parents divorced when I was 4 years old, and my dad had us once for visitation in 10 years before he passed in February 1999 of an inoperable, malignant brain tumor. I know co-parenting isn't easy, and even though my parents had their issues with each other that sometimes resulted in domestic violence, I always felt close to my dad even in his absence. One of my first fondest memories I have of my dad was us watching "Sharon, Lois & Bram's Elephant Show" together while we ate peppermint candy. I can still remember us doing the arm movements to the song and pointing at each other...
That's throwback for real... only 80s babies can truly feel that!
In receiving these results, I feel like I have a part of him to hold on to - a part that even he wasn't aware of. I feel his presence now more than ever, and I know he's watching over me. I hope I make him proud! Not only is this information beneficial for me, the results are also for his father, grandfather, children, siblings, brother's children, and paternal aunts and uncles, etc.
Now, I have more work to do, and this is research I'm very eager to begin! Maternally, I'm from the Fulani and Yoruba people living in Nigeria. Paternally, I'm from the Kota and Tsogo people living in Gabon. MY PEOPLE!!!
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. - Aristotle