Ron’s Heritage in the News

loveThese are horrific times with refugees are trying to escape their motherland for fear of losing their lives. They have to leave behind all of their worldly possessions in hopes of creating a productive life in a new country.

When one considers the adage “Motherland” or “Fatherland”, the images that should be conjured are those of protection, security, acceptance; those are the qualities generally associated with mother or father. For hundreds of thousands, this is not the case at all.

As people in authority or under orders are either tear gassing or welcoming these strangers to a strange land, it is coincidental that Ron’s sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Schmitz sent him this article.

We tend to forget our ancestors, unless we are 100% Native to our country (United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and others); we come from “the other”. Our ancestors were once “those people”. Those people who arrived in a new land, were those seen as the people who were going to threaten the status quo.

I love the way Sue Parrish reminds us to “Remember when”. I send a thank you to the Ottumwa Courier for printing this lovely article, especially since Ron’s great-grandfather is mentioned.

Ron grandfather

From the Ottumwa Courier

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.