Across the Bored will readily admit that we are a mutt. Not the scruffy, scavenging flea-bitten kind but rather the chromosomal Heinz 57, United Nations gene pool type where all manner of ancestors got together in random, unexpected combinations to arrive at what we look at in the mirror every day. We can’t exactly complain as we have inherited some of the better qualities from each (although on some days we would argue the worst traits are all wrapped in one nasty package) and it makes playing those awkward cocktail party ice-breaker conversations of “you must be” deliciously satisfying when no one can guess our origins.
No mean combination of at least 8 European, 3 North American and 2 Eastern nations (and that is only the last 2 centuries) our lineage seems to be constantly refreshed and reformed by new cultural persuasions. As we have mentioned previously, our very own Ghost has fallen under the spell of one in particular. This slice of heritage was always equal with all the others for we live in the now rather than the then, but lately it has come to the forefront to claim a place of interest. When roots become a field of study the deeper we delve the more we become attuned to its nuances, understand why the humour is compelling or find the music heart-achingly beautiful.
It is really more about the place we feel our psyche, our very selves most connected to than anything else, so this fortnight the Big 5 Challenge wonders:
“Where are you from?” – City or farm, present or past, pedigrees and bloodlines, in the future or lost in time, adopted country or birthplace, Venus or Mars…
We would love to know where you feel connected to.
For all those who are new readers to Across the Bored, here are some guidelines for the challenge: HOW DOES THIS WORK?
- I will post some commentary such as the above on one of the five Ws (WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN or WHY and sometimes HOW) and then ask you to respond on the same.
- Your point of view on the current week’s challenge can take any form: a reply in the comment box, in a new post with a quote, a motto or saying, an essay, poem or opinion of yours or attributed to someone else, a piece of music, a song, a video, a work of art, photograph, graffiti, drawing or scribble – but it has to be about the topic!
- Challenge yourself to dig deep for an answer.
- The Challenge will be open for 14 days (there will be a reminder post at the 7 day mark) after which I will post another.
- ENJOY, have FUN and TELL your friends and fellow bloggers.
SO – Create your Big 5 Challenge post
- Then add a link to your blog in my comment box.
- To make it easy for others to check out your post, title your blog post “The Big 5 Challenge” and add the same as a tag.
- If you would like your reader to see what others are presenting for the same challenge, add a link to the “Big 5” challenge on your own blog.
- Feel free to pick up your badge on The Big 5 Challenge page.
- Remember to Follow to get your weekly (hopefully) reminders.
21 thoughts on “The Big 5 – Where are you from?”
Thanks for your entry – you have inspired me for another challenge!
This is my answer:
Love the way each phrase leads us on this slice of life – thanks for your entry!
Here ya go!
Such a different take on origins – thanks for an entry that takes us on on your journey!
This one will definitely be a challenge…you’re makin’ me work, girlfriend.
We have to have something to keep busy in these bleak February days!
Oh….we can’t just schlump on the couch and watch movies?
That’s what I did! I figured why not – everyone else does…
I borrowed 2 DVD’s from my neighbor yesterday, as I had an “all over” migraine and figured I deserved to schlump. However, can you believe I just kept truckin’–did the laundry, changed the bed sheets, made Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip for dinner, and worked on a couple poems? Didn’t get to the movies, and plan a baking day for today. Just can’t keep this gal down.
You are good! Sometimes the best thing to do is keep on keepin’ on… besides, the movies are always there!
I actually do feel better today, but I was medicated to the gills yesterday, so…. I did start work on your new challenge, but it’s sounding kinda bleak so far.
Bleak can be good…
I just put a Pumpkin-Apple-Gingerbread Cake in the oven, so after reconstructing my destroyed kitchen, I’ll work on poems and challenge posts. I’m glad you can appreciate some “bleak”–it’s always so close to home…
Smells delicious! Even when we’re grey there’s a bit of bright underneath somewhere…