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December 17, 2007 |
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I can't help but notice that you frequently refer to a Scandinavian/Lutheran heritage. I am half Norwegian and 100% Lutheran. What are some common staples for your family dinner around Christmas time? My family enjoys Lutefisk and Lefse. My dad and his siblings think that I am weird for not salting or buttering my lutefisk, since I like to enjoy it plain.
Cedar Rapids, IA
It's your heritage, Joel
, and I am only a friendly observer. I come from Scots-English folk who were hardshell Sanctified Brethren and looked on Lutherans as a social club with religious trappings. I thought I had been clear on the fact that I am not one of you, but sometimes in the heat of a story I may have used the first-person plural for Norwegian Lutherans, which may be due to a Brethren boy's hunger for acceptance. A weakness on my part. Enjoy the lutefisk your way and do not bend to fashion, Joel. The Norwegian half of you insists on that.