Jan 30, 2007, 12:48am #13
Well with the hundreds of Polish relatives I have, a small handful are dark haired with a more olive skin. We are mostly light haired and blue eyed. They (mostly the old generation) seem to dislike all others, mostly dislike Russians and Germans. I have heard stories of relatives in the old country who were taught not ever to mingle with the Gypsies, they were dirty drunk and dangerous. My relatives are all from Ontario, now, but most were born in Poland. Only a few tall relatives, most average height and some short, mostly women. My grandfather had a few years in a Siberian prison camp, he hated Russians more than anything, and Germans of course. The young crowd don't show too many strong opinions about politics or hating anyone. Not many old school relatives left now. They were all stubborn about learning English, and I was stubborn about learning Polish. I wish I learned more like my other cousins, they were forced to speak Polish and to go to Church. I was raised more Canadian than anything, except for the food, my mother cooked Polish mostly, and when relatives were together everything was pure Polish. Lots of eating, drinking and arguing about politics from the oldsters. That's my observations on Polish culture!