The Book of Me – Prompt 1: Who Are You?

book of meI am going to try something new over the next few months. I am participating in a writing group called The Book Of Me (Written by You). As a family genealogist and historian, I often spend most of my time thinking and writing about the people who lived in the past. The purpose of this writing group is to explore who I am, right now in the present. The end result is that I will have a lot of information and memories to leave behind for my descendants. It will also give me an excuse to do some of my own writing, instead of just transcribing letters and making commentary. This writing prompt (and group) has been created by Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog. As a weekly blog prompt, I will most likely post on the weekend. Some of the posts I might share, some I might not (if they get too personal). And never fear, I will still continue to post one World War II letter a day.

So here is the first prompt – Who Are You? This is a recognized psychological test. Ask yourself the question 20 times – Who are You? Each time you should give yourself a different answer. The purpose is to see how you view yourself. It is alright if you come up with more than 20, but you need to find at least 20.

Instead of trying to list my answers by their perceived importance, I chose to list them chronologically and as they developed.

I am Deborah, not Debbie.

Yegerlehner, Deborah - 1968-08Daughter, granddaughter, niece,
White, 100% Northern European,
Massachusetts native,
Descendant of our founding fathers,
From the Mayflower and pre-Revolution,

Yegerlehner, Deborah - 1986-06Sister,
Girl Scout,
Doctor Who fan, Tom Baker was my first.
Anglophile, bookworm, thespian,
A proud Highlander, wearing maroon and gold,
Changing to a Mighty Minuteman, swapping gold for white.

Costume Designer,
Finally, a brave Wolverine.

Genealogist, historian, archivist,
Elementary school teacher,
A Mother (twice),
CELDT tester, English language instructor,
Surrounded by children,
Loved and loving.

048Artist and craftsman,
Atheist, vegetarian, LGBT advocate,
A Human,
Seeking order,
Halfway through my journey.

11 thoughts on “The Book of Me – Prompt 1: Who Are You?

  1. davidmadison1942

    This should be fun! Looking forward to all of your Book of Me entries. I look at a lot of the items and see that the apple didn’t fall very far from the tree. 🙂

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      One of the intentions really is to leave your memories behind for your descendants. We always tell people to interview your family members before they are gone. It is a way to be proactive!

      1. davidmadison1942

        You’re in the fortunate (??!!!) position of having 45 years of my diary to at your disposal. Aren’t you lucky! 🙂

      2. davidmadison1942

        Oh dear, I really don’t remember all of that letter writing. I guess I’ve left a major paper trail.

      3. davidmadison1942

        You probably would have a hard time accessing government data, but then there’s Facebook… 🙂

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      CELDT stands for California English Language Development test. Every year in California the test is administered to students who speak a language other than English. For the last 13 years, I have been running/organizing/administering the test. The test is given at the beginning of every school year. Typically I have to test between 500-600 students during a 3 month window. I am right in the middle of CELDT season.

      I can’t really explain Kabeyunite, but you can go to I worked there for six years during the summers and have many lifelong friends as a result of the experience. It is also one of the most beautiful places (Lake Winnepausaukee).

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Thank you for doing this Julie! It is a great kick in the pants for me. I have been so busy lately at work that I feel like I haven’t really been doing much (or enough) on the blog.


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