When I was a little girl, there was always a lot of talk among the kids in the neighborhood about "what you were". It was the early 1970's and many, if not most of our parents, including mine, were first born in this country and where you came from was big news.
My dad's family was from Italy and my mom's was from Albania. That much we knew, but most of our friends were all Irish or all Italian. We needed specifics to compete. Exactly how Italian were we? What percent and how much did Albania really count? No one knew where it was and it didn't carry a lot of street cred.
We needed answers to these very important questions, however, my father's response was never what we were looking for and it always played out in the same way.
"Dad, what are we?"
"No. Like how much Italian and how much Albanian and are we anything else?"
"You're 100% American."
He was born in this country, grew up during the depression years, literally wore two left shoes at one point, because that's what fit from the hand me down box. He lied about his age to enlist in WW2, was shot down over enemy territory more than once, came home, started a business, got married, bought a house, raised a family. He was an American and proud of it.
And so were we. End of discussion.
Today, my kids ask me same question. Now they need to know the percentages.
Apparently, Albanian is considered hot, it's very exotic.
Too bad they're American.
Want to make these cute little candy crackers for or with your kids? They are a super easy and safe way to celebrate the holiday.
Just cut a toilet paper roll in half and then push the severed pieces together. Fill it with candy or small toys and wrap it with tissue paper. You can secure the ends with ribbon or pipe cleaners. Make it festive!
When the time comes to crack them open, the kiddos just need to rip them at the center seam or or snap the ends so the center tears and the candy and treats spill out.
Fun for everyone!