Ok...now for the weirdness of my family. I told you earlier in the week that I had 96+ cousins. Well....let me tell you another little ditty. My mother had two sisters and four brothers. My mom is the oldest girl. She had a sister, Jo, who married my uncle John. Her baby sister is where the tree branch becomes twisted. You see sister Shirley, married Charlie....and the weirdness began. Charlie was from a small community outside of the city where I teach. His family was a large and well known family in the area. I was crazy about my Uncle Charlie and as many of you know my Aunt Shirley was like my other mother. Charlie had a bunch of brothers and sisters....like twelve. Charlie's sister Odell had a beautiful daughter, Millie.....and Shirley had a handsome baby brother named Elwin. The two of them were introduced and fifty years ago they married. Millie became my aunt. They had two handsome twin boys named Mike and Mark. Oh wait! The story does not end there....although it should. When I was 19 I moved to Alabama and needed a roommate. Millie's sister, Lucy, was looking for a roomie so I filled the position. Lucy became one of my dearest friends. Lucy and Millie had a brother....Ronnie. He was divorced with custody of two precious children ages 2 and 3. Can you guess the ending? You are correct if you say....Ronnie and I married. At this point my Uncle Elwin became my brother in law and my cousins, Mike and Mark, became my nephews. With this union my Aunt Shirley's daughters became my double first cousins. When Ronnie's oldest daughter began dating....my mom's baby brother, Larry, had a son named Alan. I NEVER encouraged Jeni and Alan's friendship because I was afraid my Uncle Larry would become my step-daughter Jeni's father-in-law. Is that twisted enough for you. My precious husband Frank told someone once that if you were in Alex City you would meet someone kin to me. He was not far off from the truth. My father's family was a big one too. He had two sisters and three brothers. At one point during the year my dad and my Uncle Drew were the same age for a couple of months. When Kat, my daughter, started dating she found the love of her life....his name is Brian. His mom is Connie and his father is Darrell. Kat and Brian, early in their relationship, were going to one of Brian's family reunions. The reunion was in Goodwater, AL and on the way Brian told Kat that they were going to his Aunt Jeanette's house. Kat laughed and told him that she had an Aunt Jeanette too and her aunt also lived in Goodwater. Brian came back with....his Aunt Jeanette was married to his Uncle Drew. Kat was aghast and told Brian that her Aunt Jeannette was married to her Uncle Drew too....and they had a son named, Mark. Well...if you have not figured it out by now....the Aunt Jeanette and Uncle Drew were one and the same. Brian's Jeanette is his mother's aunt. Kat's Uncle Drew is her mother's uncle. Whew! That was a close call. Yep....my family tree definitely does not branch. It is a trunk all the way up! iI used to worry that one day I would be my own grandpa....but that is silly....I am not a guy. Have you got any good family weirdness you would like to share with me. I love a good Friday laugh.
P.S. I have a couple of major prayer requests today. Please be in prayer for my teacher friend, Don today. His longtime girlfriend died this morning at 1:40 after a two year bout with cancer. Also keep my Aunt Millie's family in your prayers. Her youngest brother, Eddie, died this week. She has lost two siblings in a year.
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.