When Your Dad is Your Cousin

I’ve been away from the blog for a while because I’ve been so busy exercising my writing muscle for work. But in about another month or so I should reach a break and I’ll be able to pay more attention to this here Dwellers of the Dust.

Anyway, I’m doing well. I’ve actually laughed harder today than I have in a while. Part of my job is to transcribe my pastor’s sermons, and as I was transcribing he told a story that tickled me the right way.

Here’s what he said:

I saw this the other day, a 76 year old Bill Baker of London recently wed Edna Harvey, she happened to be his granddaughter’s husband’s mother. This woman’s grandfather married her husband’s mother. This is how she went on to describe it. “This has caused a lot of confusion in my life and in my home,” Lynn the granddaughter said. “My mother-in-law is now my step-grandmother, my grandfather is now my step-father-in-law, my mom is my sister-in-law, my brother is my nephew, but even crazier is that I am now married to my uncle and my own children are my cousins!” 

No, not only did I die laughing when I read this, but zipping down the hallway and laughing with my pastor’s assistant wasn’t enough either, so I called my sister.

I told her the story, and I laughed even harder reading it to someone.

But then we related it to our family. We have always joked about how my mom and dad are cousins. In actuality, they are step-cousins. When my father’s dad passed away, my grandmother married my mom’s uncle. And that’s how mom and dad met. So they are only cousins by marriage.

What we never realized, though, is that this means that my grandmother is also my step-great aunt, AND that means that my dad is my step-cousin!

And my mom is my cousin’s wife! Wouldn’t I haves liked to throw that at her when I was younger? “Why should I listen to you, when your not even my cousin, you’re my cousin’s wife??”

Anyway, once we realized this after all these years, it blew our minds and had me laughing so hard I was crying.

I’ll be back soon with some more stuff for y’all to read.

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One comment on “When Your Dad is Your Cousin

  1. jason b hood says:

    Still struggling with this one. It’s like a rubix cube, man.

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