Inspired by this thread.
Growing up, my family wasn’t exactly big: about 15 persons on my mother’s side and just a little bit more on my father’s side. You’d think that I’d have a pretty good grip on who they were in relation to me but actually, even now at age 41, the relationship isn’t clear. And since most of them passed away long ago, I’m probably never going to have the answer.
First there was Uncle Martins. He was married to Aunt… I forget and they took care of their… grand-daughter (?) Sammie. Sammie was a year older than me and one of the few people in my family who was near me in terms of age. There’s a picture of me and Sammie exchanging a kiss at age 2 or 3. Sammie grew up to be a bit wild and we lost touch. But who were they? I think that Uncle Martins may have been my grandfather’s brother (my grandfather died 7 years before I was born, I never knew him and his side of the family). I’m pretty sure his wife, Aunt …, also happened to be my grandmother’s best friend from way back when. The two best friends married two brothers. That’s confusing to a child, especially since my grandfather was the missing link.
Then, there was Uncle John and Aunt Anne. The picture is a bit clearer. I’m almost sure that Aunt Anne was my grandfather’s sister. I used to go to their place a few times a year during the holidays when my parents had to work.
Funny how I just took these people for granted and never really wondered how they were related to me until very recently.