Today my family buried Sonia Lucas, the legendary leader of our pack, our holy Matriarch, known to most, and to me, as Granma Luke. She has gathered us up over the course of many generations, and she brought us all together, yet again, today.
Born Sophie Kalescky on September 16th, 1919 in New York City; daughter of Barbara and Carl, two fresh-off-the-boat non-English-speaking immigrants from Kiev who worked as tailors in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She had 5 siblings, 4 daughters, 11 grandkids, and 14-going-on-15 great grandchildren... 30 living direct descendants.
There’s a contemporary theory that humanity’s earliest domestic institution was not the family, but the matrilineal clan. In recent years, evolutionary biologists, geneticists and paleoanthropologists have all been citing evidence that early human kinship was likely to have been matrilineal, that is, sourced from the mother’s side.
And then there’s what I learned about the human heartbeat in yoga studies… This mighty muscle at the center of our being has enough power to pump blood from head-to-toe, all day, everyday, sometimes for as long of a stretch as 98 years and 4 months. Nevertheless, the heart is not strong enough to start itself. This is why when it stops, it usually stops forever. There is but one thing that can ignite a heartbeat into life. Very precisely, it is the jumpstart from the mother to her baby in utero, passed on from woman to child, a cardiac hand-me-down that traces all the way back to whoever the first mother may have been. Because Sonia had four daughters, this means that each and every grandchild has inherited the literal heartbeat of Granma Luke. It is no wonder we are thick as thieves. We share the same heirloom beat of the true Grand Mother. 💕💕💕 #rip #granmaluke #grandmother #matriarch #matrilineal #lucas #clan #cousins