And then the humble pie
Sunday July 01st 2012, 10:26 pm
Filed under: Family,Life

The flip side of yesterday’s story. My great-grandfather had ten daughters and no sons who made it past childhood to carry on his name.

My freshman year of college, my roommate was dating a guy I really didn’t care for.

I was, for the first time in my life, within accessible distance of the annual reunion of that great-grandfather’s descendents, held around his November birthday.  He was born in 1856. Gram, born in 1899, was his last surviving child and I wanted to meet all these people I’d heard about all my life and see the cousins I knew, too.

I don’t remember how I got a ride an hour north; I just remember walking into the warm light of the building from the cold dark outside, and, two steps right there behind me, the door opening up again…

That “We’re all each others’ brothers and sisters” line? I learned to start reminding myself that on that night. Kay’s boyfriend and I stared a moment and then said to each other in unison, “You’re not a Grant, are you?”

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Just because someone is related to us doesn’t mean we have to like him! LOL!

Comment by Jody 07.02.12 @ 5:10 am

You can pick your friends but not your family. I don’t own up to most of my relatives…lol.

Comment by Joansie 07.02.12 @ 5:47 am

And in my head, I am sitting in a teacup, humming and remembering that “It’s a small world, after all…!” Funny how that stuff happens.

Comment by Pam 07.02.12 @ 6:46 am

What Pam said…

Comment by Channon 07.02.12 @ 8:01 am

LOL! I can just imagine that look!As in “do not tell me we are swimming in the same gene pool”!

Comment by henya 07.02.12 @ 8:33 am

I really don’t need to repeat what I said yesterday, do I.

Comment by Don Meyer 07.02.12 @ 8:39 am

I remember the advice of my roommate – never slam someone’s boyfriend when they are going through rough spots or have even broken up. It is possible they will get back together and you would feel uncomfortable at the wedding.

Now I can add, you might be related!

Comment by twinsetellen 07.02.12 @ 6:54 pm

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