Holy crap. Oh my goodness. I can’t even begin to explain the shock I have right now. “Shock” in a good way though, don’t worry!
So, I remember writing a post about how I wanted to see exactly what I am. The sole reason because Brazil is a mixing bowl of cultures, it’s great (oh also because I’m adopted and I know so, so little about my birth family)! My mom signed up for Ancestry.com a while back to see if maybe I could find information about my birth family. I wasn’t surprised to find that nothing came up. Of course I was disappointed and I had no idea why I thought something was going to show up. My hopes weren’t too high so I was able to be -okay- with everything very quickly.
The website sent my mother an e-mail that they were doing genetic testing to see the different ethnicities. My mom jumped to the opportunity to order me a test. It took a few months to get the test because apparently there was a waiting list! So when I got the test in the mail, oh my goodness. I was just so happy. I was this much closer to finding out just a little bit more about my ethnicity.
The same day I got it, I tested myself. All you had to do was spit into this tube and then mix it with this solution and you send it off! Next day my mother shipped it off and a few days later they confirmed that they had got it! SO CLOSE. SO CLOSE. SO CLOSE.
The only downside was that I had to wait 6-8 weeks, but I was okay with that (just a bit :) ).
Well, we got it sooner than expected!
I GOT THE RESULTS TODAY! Nevertheless, I was not expecting half of what I saw.
West African 39%
Southern European 15%
Native South American 7%
HOLY SHIT. That means close to half of me is European! Scandinavian, whaaaaat?! I expected African and I expected South American, but not that little. THAT’S OKAY THOUGH. I still consider myself Brazilian, but to be able to say what I am within that, feels great.
I know a little bit more and that makes me very happy.