When faced with the statement, "At one time or another, we are all immigrants," one begins to reflect deeply on their past. I for one never considered my family to being anything but New Orleanian, besides when the thought provoking Ancestry.com commercials come on my television. New Orleans is often called "the melting pot" of the United States, and I think this nickname stems strongly from the surplus of immigrants from the past. Without the different cultures, ideas, and customs that immigrants from other countries brought, New Orleans wouldn't be, well, New Orleans. The French Quarter wouldn't have evident Spanish AND French influences, and essentially, the structure and uniqueness that makes New Orleans the incredible city that it is would be far different from present day. I think this ties in with the over-arching theme of change, as although New Orleans has changed considerably over time, influence and culture has still prevailed. So, the fact that my ancestors came from Ireland and had some impact to this amazing pot of culture, well, that's pretty awesome.