I like to dig into my ancestry.
Who were my ancestors?
What did they do for a living?
Where did they live?
Maybe I find some traits in my own life.
But what if you descend from an orphan and no information is available? You can start dreaming. Making up grandfather and grandmother. They can fulfill all your wishes, you can mould them into your own universum.
The Morocco-born writer Laila Lalami has an orphaned mother, so what to do? She writes about it.