Two More Relatives!
This is an addendum by way of apology to my grandparents. After the first Family of Choice post, my father felt it ended somewhat abruptly, as though there was more to be said. My cousin then asked, “How do Cecil and Si fit in?” Oh my! I am ashamed to say I forgot my maternal grandparents who never had children. Let me put them back into our story.
Joe (remember my mother’s uncle?) had a sister, Kathryn, who married George. They had one child, my mother. Kathryn died young, before my mother finished college. George (my granddaddy, except that I was not yet born) married a woman named Cecil. In those days she might have been called a spinster, at least up until that point. But sadly, George also died too young. Then Cecil married a nice bachelor man, Simon. So, the couple who, by steps as it were, became my mother’s “parents” never raised a child at all. There is a bumper sticker that says, “If I knew how much fun grandchildren were going to be, I would have had them first.” Not as foolish as it sounds after all.