My mother is a Black Irish and had dark skin growing up; my father was Cherokee. Quite a dark combination, until your daughter is born and inherits her ancestors more 'white' side with her fair skin, blonde wavy hair and hazel green eyes. Now older, my hair is a lot darker and curly and my eyes green. My pale skin has a scattering of freckles and I look like a mirror image of my father. As mentioned on the 1=Many page, my father wanted me to find my own path, and I guess that's exactly what I am doing now. I acknowledge and respect all the people that helped me become the person I am today, and acknowledge my Cherokee enisi (paternal grandmother) for giving me my nickname at birth. I try to live my life according Cherokee and Islander ways, and I thank the spirits for the gift of life that was given to me. Especially fry bread and corn. I love these two things! There is still much to learn and pass on to my children, so they can become the people they want to be throughout their journey. I will leave you with the following ..