It wasn't until my Grandfather passed away that I first
became aware of the importance of my heritage. The belongings he left
me were all from Russia, and all told a story. For the first time in my
life I was ready to listen.
Writing this piece for GWRIT 102D was a way to prove that
I was no longer ashamed of my nationality. Retelling the tale of my Grandmother's
life came easily because it is now a part of me. While writing this essay
I incorporated my Grandmother's experiences into the historical events
that were taking place simultaneously during the Russian Revolution. Hearing
someone who lived through a historical event share their experiences gives
a different perspective then is traditionally found in textbooks. The
goal of this piece was to convey the emotions of my grandmother in a story
that illustrates Russian history from her perspective. My Russian heritage
has taught me a lot, not only about the people my relatives really are,
but also about the history of the country that they used to call home.