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Paternal Grandmothers Headstone Beth David Elmont Long Island

Paternal grandmother's headstone - Beth David, Elmont, Long Island Shaindel (Sadie), variant of Shana Harris died May 13th, 1959 exquisitely chiseled alphanumeric characters legibly engraved sepulchral casket entombing lovely bones deoxyribonucleic acid repurposed into me Matthew Scott Harris patronymic protector, when I die taking family surname to netherland who unwittingly named his youngest daughter after his recently deceased father's mother. Mortality encompasses subsequent cremation never mind death of yours truly unbeknownst mine soul will migrate towards deceased kith kindred folks only known courtesy genealogy descendents called Eastern Europe homeland upon landing at Ellis Island émigrés hugged immigration officials and illegibly scribbled unpronounceable/ unreadable birth names subsequently adopting common shorthand. Chromosomes reconstituted genetic material gifted from forebears ecstatic immigrants apt to be regaled by relatives hustling newcomers into fast paced frenzy, the latter gesticulating at cityscape marveling over hubbub jabbering babble synchronized in tandem with hawkers and vendors selling, peddling comestibles, gewgaws, papers, et cetera predating buyer beware analogous to innocents abroad say by George an American in Paris humming Rhapsody in Blue. Agog regarding novel sights never seen within father/mother land, viz supposed New World blitzkrieg eventually quieted, relegated, shelved... analogous by Dickens perusing tchotchkes commonly found within olde curiosity shop, yet no matter acclimatization arose espying eye opening merchandise, the dirt poor status regarding bloodlines a couple generations ago immediate deterrent experienced by Aaron Harris (papa's father) as a boy, who provided for his family, their hardscrabble existence only somewhat alleviated thru hook and crook. Please pardon poetic license usurped, especially slight exaggeration of penury promulgated concerning up by bootstraps scenario evinced by paternal grandfather after he attained and emerged out boyhood, though destitution imprinted thru his infancy until growing up hardened qua hard school of knocks limiting him to eighth grade education.

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