Part of the reason that I published The Shenandoah Chronicles a year ago was to illustrate how life is a tapestry in which threads weave in and out of our lives. Sometimes those threads seem trivial at the time, then years later have great importance in our lives.
One of the most memorable moments in my life was on December 15, 1990, when Vivi the French Courtesan and I were sampling the French ambassador’s expensive wine and my goat cheese in the corner of a living room at a Christmas Party given by acquaintances (at that time) who would turn out to be the REAL X-files couple.
Vivi took a sip of wine and suddenly kissed me for the first time. She giggled and exclaimed, “You have big lips like me!” and kissed me longer the second time. We ended up making a spectacle of ourselves to the point that our X-files hostess suggested that we might like to retire to the guest quarters.
I learned later that evening that Vivi’s grandmother was an American Indian from Southern Mexico. I told her that my mother’s family were part Creek Indian, but at the time did know anything about genetics. The science was at its infancy. Fifteen years later a DNA report would tell me that ALL of my Native American DNA was from southern Mexico. Ten years later, I would be told that both my mother and my real father passed on to me a mixture of Native American DNA from southern Mexico and a similar people in eastern Peru.
Geneticists have discovered that the indigenous mound-building peoples of Southern Mexico, the mound-building Muskogeans of the Southeastern United States and the advanced civilizations of northwestern South America are especially inclined to carry the Denisovan genes, which determine facial shape and create thick lips.
The Denisovan genes are surprisingly “strong” and are passed on to a high percentage of Latin Americans and mixed-blood Muskogeans . . . hence the reason that it is not uncommon to see mixed-blood Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek women in the Southeast with light skin pigmentation, but Native American facial features. Oklahoma Creek singer, Carrie Underwood, is a good example.
For more information, go to: Denisovan Lips
Live is indeed, a box of chocolate kisses.