My Family 's Heritage By Lev Vygotsky

1796 WordsSep 17, 20178 Pages
Who Am I In order to truly understand the culture and various lifestyles that envelop American society today, one must learn to appreciate and understand their own cultural heritage. Lev Vygotsky, a psychologist in the early 1900’s, simply put it, “Language and culture are the frameworks through which humans experience, communicate, and understand reality.” Therefore, culture determines more than merely our origin or family; culture shapes the structure of our lives, and greatly impacts our future perspective of the world. As I began to explore my family’s history and lineage, I developed a sense of pride as I was exposed to the endeavors my great-grandparent’s underwent. Whether it was struggling to enter a completely different culture,…show more content…
The predominately African American Detroit forced Jason and Kathleen to dive into a different culture, including the NFL culture. While Kathleen became involved in the Detroit Lions Wive’s group, Jason was forced to assimilate into the “locker room” culture. As a result of their observation of NFL player’s shallow lifestyles, the newly-wed couple was encouraged to be responsible with their money. Kathleen reminds others, “One of the things that was very evident in the NFL, is that money and success do not make you ultimately happy.” As the NFL enveloped their lives, they continued to evade the materialistic lifestyle. Jason continued to play for twenty one years until he retired in 2012. While Kathleen spent time volunteering at CareNet Pregnancy Center and gaining her biblical counseling certification, Jason began to speak at organizations and arrange private kicking lessons. While this couple shaped who I am, two alternative couples shaped who they were; my grandparents. Beginning with my mother’s side, my grandma, Sharon McCloskey, was born in Stanford, Montana in 1939. Her parents and sister dwelled in Texas and California, living half the year in each state in order to satisfy each parent’s wishes. As Sharon matured, she soon discovered her passion laid in music; thus, Sharon attended Westmont College in California in the fall of 1957 in part to a vocal scholarship.

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