Only God Knows II
I’m married to Jack Lucero, whose father is Paul Lucero from Pueblo, Co. My husband was told that when a great grandfather signed up for WWI the registrar asked what his name was, and he said, “Brightstar” and the registrar wrote down “Lucero” I don’t think this is true and unfortunately, my husband’s father is of the generation that were embarrassed to be “Indian” so he doesn’t even know his own heritage-or won’t say. I have come to know that in general, (which I find incredibly strange), that Native Americans are loathe to be called Mexican or to have Mexican ancestry. I always thought that a Mexican was just a Spaniard mixed with indigenous people. My own mother is from Mexico, and she told me that when she was young the word “Indio” was used as a curse word, but she said that was stupid because all Mexico was part “indio. My husband and I both have parents with roots in Georgia, USA, and I have always thought, that somehow, somewhere, were probably related. Just FYI, born is San Diego, CA, and having lived here all my life, I’m amazed about how many Byrds I find in the white pages, only knowing a couple. There was my family and 3 uncles and that was it. I know because of my husband’s family being native american and my heritage being part Mexican, we will probably never know what our background is and that’s a shame because my girls are really interested.