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The Viking's Vow

I’ve been a nerd for most of my life. Seriously, I’ve always loved history, but it’s more
like therewas this deep longing to just know. I wanted to really understand these people’s
lives and how they’d lived. I wanted to utterly immerse myself in the past and truly become
Clara Barton or Amelia Earhardt or even Joan of Arc, herself. Alas, I was but a mousy, lonely
little girl in the suburbs of Illinois. But, these stories gave me courage, and they gave me hope
that a plain jane like me could make my mark on the world… someday. 

Some context: I grew up with a mostly absent father who passed away when I was thirteen.
Without getting into the nitty-gritty details of what that all entailed, suffice it to say, it left me
feeling… rootless. I think that’s a good word for it. My ‘rootless’ existence led me to be very
interested in my heritage. I knew who all my grandparents were, so it wasn’t very difficult to
get started. However, I was not prepared for the number of amazing stor…