I’m digging, digging, digging into the past trying to find out who I come from, who I am and the country of origin of my roots. Most of the elders in my family were gone before I got here with only one left who passed away shortly after I arrived which made it hard to know the foundation of my family. Mom said “They didn’t talk about things like that” and she didn’t know any answers to the questions I asked as a kid.
So I had to wait until wearing the clothes of a grown-up person before I could seriously begin my research on finding my ancestors and it took until the internet before I found my father’s country of origin which turned out to be Cornwall, England where a zillion Bice families still live. Two of them fought in the Revolutionary War on the American side, which reveals that I come from good stock. Mom’s side revealed roots dating back to the 1600s in New Jersey where their names are enrolled in Piscataway history books that I have just received in the mail and will lose myself in them for the entire day making me a very happy person.