“Seeing My Heritage Through My Grandmother’s Eyes.”

Do you know the life stories of your grandparents?

I was lucky to be raised by my “dedooshka” and “babooshka” and spent my childhood listening to the epic sagas of their childhoods in a war torn Russia, their life adventures, their survival. These stories unleashed my imagination and creativity and helped me to navigate my own life path. In this week’s TIES essay, Isabel Guarco writes: “It is not easy to forget roots that have been planted in faraway places. They linger, in memories, traditions, and in stories that mold an equivocal identity, a curiosity, and a desire to know more about who you are.”