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Home is where the Heart is; Happy St David’s Day.

on March 1, 2015

Where are you from? What nationality are you? Are they easy questions for you?
They’re not so easy for me, the actual truth doesn’t tell the story of how I feel.

I suppose, if we’re using the crudest measures, in a survey, I’d have to tick the English box.
I live in England and I was born here too.

Don’t misunderstand me, I’ve got nothing, nothing against England. Some of my best friends are English!! I just don’t feel English myself. British yes, but English, no, that doesn’t feel like me.
The National Anthem means nothing to me- I like Queen Liz and all that, she’s done a sterling job, and I loved the James Bond thing at the Olympics but, my heart and my heritage lie elsewhere.

If we’re talking emotions, it’s a no brainer. I’m Welsh through and through.
I don’t live there, I can’t speak the lingo properly and in terms of the politics I couldn’t tell you what’s going down the old general assembly but;
When I hear Bread of Heaven I well up.
When I picture my childhood home I’m don’t picture the house I went to school from or had friends to play at. I picture our own precious little corner of Wales where the sun always shone (even when it didn’t) and life felt pretty damn sweet.

When  I watch the rugby (though my knowledge and understanding of the game is sketchy at best) I only want one team to win.

wales team
In my heart, I’m Welsh.

I know I can’t expect my children to share this feeling. Perhaps they will feel distinctly English like their daddy, perhaps they’ll feel like a blend of us both or perhaps as they grow up they’ll associate  themselves with traditions that aren’t so linked with place. I don’t know.

What I do know is, if my babies feel as warm and comforted by their history and heritage as I do then we’ll have done something right.

Happy St Davids Day Everyone, whatever you do, wherever you’re from and wherever you’re spending your day, have a good one.



to be born welsh


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