NauenThen

Half a thought

August 25, 2015

For all the people who find out that they're (part) Jewish—Madeleine Albright, John Kerry, lots of not-famous folks—there must be some who find out they aren't Jewish, yes? All Nauens but us are not Jewish, & my dad knew very little about his family. How strange & unnerving it would be to discover he was just some German.

I suppose I could do the DNA test. Do I want to know? After my father died, I felt freer to write and think about him, when I could both pose and answer questions. I both mind and relish that of the 5 kids in my family I'm the only one not named for a relative. The push-pull of one's heritage, the unstoppable desire of poets to name themselves, to speak as themselves.