Where were your parents from?

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2011/10/05 01:58:44 (permalink)

Where were your parents from?

Were they from Europe, India, South America? Mexico? Asia?
Did who they were shape who you are?
What type of work did they do?  Are you in a related business?
My mother was born in Brooklyn, New York but the family moved to Los Angeles when she was eight.  She went to Los Angeles Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights along with Golden Gloves Art Aragon.
My mother never worked a real job.  She did work in my grandparents delicattesen market in Boyle Heights.  That's where she met my father... over a pickle barrel.

She stayed home and cooked our meals.  The four of us sat down at the dinner table to eat our meals.  It wasn't until years later when dad had to work late hours that our dinner meals moved to the den in front of the TV.  Something was definitely missing with Dad not being there.
My father was a Holocaust Survivor from Radom, Poland.  His father survived as did his older brother.
Somehow being a child of a Holocaust Survivor changes you.  You are treated differently and you act differently.
My father's first job when he got here was a tailer in the movie industry.  He worked for Adrien's taylor to the stars of MGM.  While doing that he sold Electrolux vacuums door to door to make a living.  He saved enough to be able to buy a store which is still in exhistance today.  The girl in the family got screwed in the deal when my brother and a stranger who worked for my dad got the business.  Girls are supposed to marry men who already have jobs.  (I'm on my meds right now...
can you tel?  Are they working?)
So I was molded by my parents.  I learned the want to cook from my mother and her father who had the store.  He had worked in hotel restaurants prior to buying his store. 
I bought my store because of my father.  I have the nature to sell and enjoy talking to people.  Selling barbecue grills combines both loves.
Did what your parents do make you who you are today?
My grandparents had thick accents and I'm told my father did as well.  I never heard his.  I don't believed I have any.
So why are you who you are now?  Why do you do what you do? 
What shaped your life?
I'm unemployed because the bossman who bought my business from me is now saving a lot of money by not paying me while his business sinks in to a deeper hole due to mismanagement.  He let go of the person who cared about that store... he never sets foot inside of it.  I just find it strange.
Anyone in the Los Angeles area want to hire me for a decent salary?  Put the feelers out there!  I need a job!  This is me activily trying to find work.
I want to heat about all of you.  Why are you doing what you do!
Edited because I always spell tailer incorrectly when I know the difference.
post edited by mar52 - 2011/10/05 14:44:58

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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 13:18:33 (permalink)
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 14:05:47 (permalink)
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 14:53:06 (permalink)
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 15:22:27 (permalink)
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 15:25:54 (permalink)
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 16:38:50 (permalink)
    My dad is from Northern Indiana (Fort Wayne area)
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 16:54:15 (permalink)
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 16:55:09 (permalink)
    Right here. Native American and proud of it.
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/05 17:58:32 (permalink)
    I don't know- I was hatched.

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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/06 01:10:46 (permalink)
    Mom was born in Ok. but moved to Texas at 6 months. She was #7 of 8, #8 was born in Calif. Her parents moved there after WW2 with her and her next oldest, a brother.
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/06 13:49:41 (permalink)
    Both of my parents were from right here in our small town. Grew up about a mile apart. In fact, the house where my mother and I live now was built by my father from my mother's design, on land given to them as a wedding present from his parents (it was part of the original estate, each one of their three children were given acreage as a wedding present). On my dad's side, our family is one of the names everyone recognizes, and anyone who went to my high school between about 1925 and 1971 was taught biology by my grandmother. She even has an award named after her that is still given out every year. Their families way back a few generations (pre-1800) were from Ireland, England, France and Germany.
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/06 15:49:04 (permalink)
    I'm loving these stories.
    Somehow, somewhere a good writer come up with a book with some of this.
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/07 11:59:21 (permalink)
    Mom was a 1st generation Italian-American who spent her early years in NY City's Little Italy before her family moved out to the "suburbs" of Brooklyn. Dad was a 2nd generation German-American who grew up in the then heavily German Ridgewood section of Brooklyn/Queens.
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/08 11:21:39 (permalink)
    Both my mother & father were born in Mason County West Virginia.  Scot-Irish, Welsh, & mainly German backgrounds.  Almost all of my ancestors were original settlers from the 1790's.  All were farmers, my family had soliders serving from the Revolutionary War to WWII. 
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/08 11:35:15 (permalink)
    I could write a goodly amount about my folks and grandparents but there is an awful lot I still am clueless about. 
    I would suggest to those whose parents and grandparents are still alive that they ask them every unanswered question they have about about their heritage and either write it down carefully or get oral histories.  I wish we have done that in our family.  My mom was born on a ship coming from Poland I believe and my dad was born in the USA.  His parents came here from Italy in 1902 as unmarried 17 year olds who eventually married and settled in Yonkers and raised a large brood.
    I am probably more a result of my mom than my dad as far as my abilities and talents.  My dad and his dad were carpenters by trade although my dad went to college later in life and became a FHA building inspector in NYC.  My mom also went to college later in life and worked in the Yonkers' school system.  Both my parents always stressed getting a good education as a foundation toward a better life. 
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/09 08:53:35 (permalink)
    When my grandmother was still living, I gave her one of those cloth bound books with blank pages.  I put different catagories at the top of the pages-childhood memories, school,courtship, marriage,my grandfather's work birth of my father,his childhood, service in WWII, when I was born, etc.  My grandmother took 6 months to put together the book with photos.  It is one of my most valued possesions.  I also gave a similar book to my mother. & she filled it to the brim.
    While you still have parents or grandparents make books for them.  In fact, I think I will start a book for my children/grandchildren.
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/09 11:04:44 (permalink)
    Both my parents came over from Latvia (as kids) during WW2.
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/09 14:31:10 (permalink)
    NYpizzaNut and Claracamille,  you both wrote things that are very important.
    My father never spoke much of his past, probably trying to shield me to the horrors of his youth.
    I know more about my mother, but her mother never knew her own father so it stops there.
    Just last year, or it might be the year before I found a slew of second cousins (once removed) on Geni.com.    Their grandmother and my mother's grandmother were sisters!
    Seems that an argument between a brother and sister left that side of the family a total secret.   My mother remembers their father, "Cousin Joey" but never spoke of him.
    I got out the family pictures and that jarred a lot of her memories.  We even had a picture of his marriage.
    Ask what you can now, because you can't retrieve it later if no one is around that know the answers.
    I'm now Facebook friends with my new cousins, but they all live on the opposite side of the country. 
    Also, those two sisters (really three) that make us cousins is as far back as any of us can go.   Somewhere between Vienna and New York all memories were lost.
    For my mother's last birthday, I took all those old black and white photographs out of the box and put them in a thick album.  She asks me who some of those people are.  Some I know because she told me years ago when she remembered.
    Also...  If you take or print out photographs,  put names and dates on the back of them!
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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/10 16:41:33 (permalink)

    I don't know- I was hatched.

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    Re:Where were your parents from? 2011/10/11 04:14:56 (permalink)
    My Grandmothers and Mother were stay at home Mothers. Both my Grandfathers worked in the coal mines in Western PA. One was a mine superintendent and the other down in the mines. During WWII, they both worked 7days a week for 4 years to get the coal out for the war effort. The down in the mines Grandfather rarely saw sunshine for 4 years. He died of Black Lung Disease. My dad was in the Army Air Corps during WWII and worked on a Top Secret Project -Teaching pilots how to use some new fangled thing called Radar!
    After the war, he was a Fuller Brush Man, going door to door selling household cleaning products. Then he joined Prudential Insurance Co as a Debit Salesman. He was with them 35 years, going into peoples homes and selling them Nickel insurance policies. He would make the rounds every week to collect the Nickels for the policys. Got to know his customers real well! He sold policys to 98% of the families on his Debit (AKA Route). I guess that was the foundation for my getting into sales. I've been involved in sales and marketing positions all my life, starting at age 14 with magazine sales.
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