She taught me how to jig (or rather tried). I called her Mhamó, the way all her grandchildren did without actually being aware that it was and is, an actual Irish word.
For the longest time, to me, it was just her name, until we travelled together that is. Only then did I realized that not everybody addressed her like that.
My paternal grandmother would be adamant about preserving her heritage in us. We were perhaps the only children living in my part of the world doing the May Pole Dance or having Irish Chicken and Dumplings on Sundays at her home.
She was the daughter of immigrants as well as an immigrant herself later on, who after arriving at her final country of residence maintained an almost tribalistic pride in her heritage.
She never assimilated locally, and never learnt the language. As opposed to the experience of the Irish Diaspora in the USA, she was but a minority of one were she lived and I still do.
Her apparent stubbornness at referring to us as ¨Irish¨ was but a desperate attempt at holding on to her roots and maintaining a place in the world which is perhaps typical of uprooted immigrants worldwide.
I am proud of my heritage, ancestry and nationalities (all of them) because she instilled it in me and I transferred that feeling to my other sides. I thank her for that and although it may sound easy, it was not. We stood out like a sore thumb and perhaps we always will although my nephew and niece (on that part of the family) do seem to have a somewhat more locally generalized look.
Descendants of Irish immigrants around the world come in all colors, speak different languages and incorporate different aspects of themselves, but we are all creating a unique palette of cultural richness that has by far exceeded the dreams and hopes that our beloved ancestors had when they sadly had to leave the home land, including that of those they had to leave behind.
Perhaps we should remember that when next we deal with new immigrants. Something which is coming soon to a city near us.
To the beloved memory of my Mhamó, and yours with all my heart.
Happy St. Patrick´s Day To ALL!
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