How Do We Decide What Traditions Are Real?

That’s the funny part of human memory and traditions — we all believe what we want as inalienable truth. During the holiday season, especially, our daily lives can get consumed with habits and traditions passed down from our parents and grandparents. In the intersection of memory, manufactured traditions and commercialized holidays, how do we decide what traditions are real and worthy of carrying on?

Dear Former Me: I Miss You

True, at one time I did not have a middle name, but false, this was not who I was all the time. My identity is both trisected and overlapped, because my married name could not have existed without my birth name.