“You are still young, free. Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.”
―Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
How international is your family? Do you have personal knowledge about whether the United States is better described as a Melting Pot or a Tossed Salad?
The small Midwestern town I grew up in seemed quite homogeneous and “vanilla.” Only later did I realize my home town had an unusual concentration of Slavic, Welsh, and Scottish names. Since no one knew the word ethnic in the 50’s and 60’s, we just knew that people ate different things for the holidays, and some families had many more letters in their names than others.
But perhaps your parents came here…
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