My dad’s from Southern Germany and my mom’s from Canada. She moved here when they got married. It was a conscience decision on her part not to become a citizen. But my dad’s a citizen, he became a citizen when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I remember helping him study for the test, things that I was learning in school he had to learn too. You know, when you’re 9 that’s kind of exciting, teaching your dad something.

I didn’t realize my dad had an accent until I was like 12. One of my friends was like, ‘I called your house and I could barely understand your dad.’ and I was like, what do you mean? ‘His accent.’ It had never occurred to me.

Being raised by somebody from Germany and Canada, you don’t get those stereotypical American traditions like baseball – throwing around a ball with a mitt. I was like, oh people really do that? I didn’t get that til I was like 19.

We always have these German noodles, that’s one thing that shows up at  every family gathering even if it’s logical or not. It’ll be like hamburgers, whatever, German noodles. But if nobody brings them then everybody’s disappointed.  – Elaine