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Saturday, November 20, 2010

My first post...I'm so nervous :-)

First and foremost, this blog is inspired by my daughter, who not only is an accomplished blogger but also a uniquely awesome person.  I take full credit for her many positive attributes and blame the few negative ones on her mother :-)  Not only does she have a blog, she actually allows me to read it...which I find pretty amazing...however, we are going to have a long discussion about her language!!!  I highly (and proudly) recommend you check out her blog Jumble Mash.

As I said, my blog is inspired by my daughter...my life is inspired by all three of my daughters!  I sincerely believe they are the only legacy I will leave in this world.  I can screw up most things in life and recover but I absolutely can not screw up being Dad.  I won't pretend that I get it right even most of the time but I can honestly say that I sincerely try to do the best I can.  I have found being Dad to be a rewarding, frustrating, frightening, hilarious, heart-breaking, confusing, educational, self-doubting, and altogether meaningful experience...thanks girls.

Enough of the mushy stuff...now on to the unsound reasoning.  The other day I walked pass a display case at work announcing Native American month.  I started to think of what "label" applies to me.  I was born, as were eight generations of my family, in America...why am I not considered a Native American?  While over two hundred years ago an ancestor made the trip here from Scotland, I don't feel Scottish-American...I've never been to Scotland so why would I claim to be Scottish?  Maybe we need a new label for people like me...maybe "Non-native American".

17 comments:

Jumble Mash said...

Yeah, your daughter is pretty awesome :)

AND LOL About the Native Americans. You are silly.

Miss Vicki said...

Hi...I come via your daughters blog.
Congrats on your first post and I hope to read more :)
Natives and non-natives...that can be a touchy subject and an interesting debate issue :)

Bursts of Bubbles said...

I've come via your daughters blog too. Good Luck with your blog and I can't wait to read what crazy and wonderful things you come up with.

I'm not a parent and I'm not a native american so I can't comment on those topics.

hed. said...

Hi, new follower (obviously). On that same note, I think we are the only country that has "insert race here-American". I'm in Australia with my husband at the moment and saying I'm "American-Australian" sounds stupid as hell! Why can't we just be Americans, you know?

hed www.hedabovewater.com

Aimee said...

Hi came over from your awesome daughters awesome blog!! You are very funny and sound like a great father :)

LOL @ native American... I 100% agree with you. We all need a name haha

Canadianbloggergirl said...

Welcome to the blogging world. I came from your daughter's blog and you are right she is awesome. Having said that, you can only be the same.

CBG
canadianbloggergirl.blogspot.com

Uninspired Blogger said...

Welcome to the blog world and I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

I can't really comment on your post, I'm not a parent (yet) and I'm not american, but I don't think it's interesting how only in America do people label themselves as native something. Where I come from, we're really all from the same country, even though almost everyone is mixed with something else...

In my country they have a saying which roughly translates into: He who has children never dies :)
Here's to immortality

Bouncin' Barb said...

Hi JM's Dad...Can I just say your daughter is absolutely one of the sweetest people I've met on here? I just read your first post and can see where she gets it. You're going to gain followers by leaps and bounds. Just watch. I'm following you and hope you'll read my blog when you can to get familiar with me. Waiting on the 2nd blog now...haha

http://bouncinbarbs.blogspot.com

lyndylou said...

Hey there, Congrats on your first post. I found you via your daughter's blog too. Hello from cold but sunny Scotland :-)

The Empress said...

Welcome to the blogosphere! I was referred through your daughters blog and look forward to reading more of your posts.

It is indeed silly that there are so many labels here for people. Perhaps that is because the country is so large and is basically one big melting pot. Certainly makes for interesting discussion!

http://rantersbox.blogspot.com

becca said...

hi congrats on first post and your right your daughter is amazing. loved this first post can not wait to read more

Dad said...

Wow....welcome everyone!!! I sincerely appreciate the warm welcome. Seems that we all pretty much agree that JM is awesome...there will be no living with her now :-)

@Miss Vicki, political correctness has done more to hame us than help us...in my humble opinion

@hed...I lived in South Australia for a couple of years, loved it but not vegamite :-)

@Bubbles and Uninspired...you can comment on anything, whether it applies to you or not...at least on my blog !

@lyndylou...according to the info I have, our family came from Wigtownshire about 1730ish but I've never had the pleasure of visiting

Krissy said...

JM sent me as well, because I had to see if that "nut" fell far from the tree. It didn't! :) I look forward to reading more of your musings. I like to think of myself as just American! I am pretty much a mutt (like my beloved dog) so it would sound stupid to mention all of what I am.

If you hop over to my blog, please don't mind any language I may have that's like JM's. It's the blogging world that brings out the freedom of our tongues... er, fingers.

lyndylou said...

I live in a small town called Elgin, in the north of Scotland.

I have a blog too if you fancy dropping by and saying hello sometime, it's called The Giggle Fest.

Look forward to reading your future posts :-)

Jess said...

You had me at hello. JM is my BBBF (blogging best bud forever), and I'm psyched to get to know Dad as well! :)

irishgrudge said...

Conversely, my mom has been a blogger for a long time and she was the one who inspired me to start writing.

Happy blogging!

Hajra said...

For a first post...you did a great job...
I now look back to my first post and think....what the hell was I thinking..
You have an awesome first post!

http://hajrak.blogspot.com