that spread throughout the Balkans. In America, Marija became an experienced
business professional with Fortune 500 companies. Living in Seattle with her
husband, Marija was inspired by the birth of her son. She became introspective
and recorded the childhood stories from her homeland.
Serbian hotdogs. Her mother disapproved and said, “Never eat hotdogs again.” She explained her concern by stating, “Hotdogs cause hemophilia.” Marija did not know the
condition of hemophilia. Her mother added that “hemophilia was a very serious blood disease and that
hotdogs, made with subpar meat and chemicals, could lead to it.” (p. 78). Marija, questioning
her mother’s statement but still not doubting her mother’s
wisdom, carried this belief that hotdogs cause hemophilia for 30 years. This
resulted in an embarrassing moment with her boyfriend while on vacation in
Puerto Rico when she realized the fallacy of those beliefs.
includes 19 photographs, one map, and an Appendix of Serbian Proverbs. The
reference to hemophilia is mildly comical. The story reveals more about a
mother’s concern over healthy eating and a daughter’s blind faith that her mother’s
wisdom would never mislead her than about any insight into the medical
condition. Of course, hotdogs may be unhealthy, but they do not cause bleeding disorders.