Post by yourwaywarddestiny on Oct 15, 2015 23:08:27 GMT -7
Hello, I am a fourth generation American. My grandparents came from Poland, but unfortunately, the only thing really passed onto me about my Polish heritage is my surname and a love for perogi. My grandmother who was never really taught much in the way of Polish traditions or customs as she grew up in an era where fitting in with the neighbors was most important. She never learned the language, and so neither did her children. I feel ever a little more left out of the traditions because my father did not agree with his family's Catholic faith, and that caused a rift where I, my siblings, and my father were not included in many things and I did not get as exposed to what little Polish culture remained as my cousins were.
I do not begrudge my father for dissociating with Catholicism and alienating us from much of my heritage, or that my Polish family didn't include us for many events. My father did what was right for his personal religious beliefs, and my Polish family did not invite us because a lot of gatherings centered around or somehow included religion and would make it difficult on my father. It has, however, put me at a little bit of a disadvantage in understanding where my family has come from, so I have turned to the Internet for help, and have ended up here.
I look forward to becoming acquainted to the traditions, culture, and history of where my family has come from.
I can see how difficult your family history was. You felt connected to the Polish roots bit also dissociated from it due to the family problems. Polish tradition and religion are often interlinked. Poles do have special foods for Christmas. Please, check our website for it. Do you do pierogi at home? Did you call your grandma "babcia"? It would be nice to know your name, so we know how to address you.