Friday, April 21, 2017
I need to pause in telling you about aunts and uncles to remind you of a couple of things.
As i have told you before both of my parents came from large families. Eleven babies were born into each family. Two babies on each side died soon after they were born.
That leaves 18 babies. My parents are not included as aunts and uncles so the number drops to 16.
You will notice that I will write about fewer than that. The reason is that my father's family was quite a bit older that my mother's family. Some of my father's siblings I know little about.
I know he had a brother who had epilepsy. Rather than the family suffer the stigma of a "defective" child he was placed in a home. Back then there was little they could do to control seizures and children were often placed in institutions.
I did not know until I was grown and had children what really happened to him. Grandma always said he died in a Juvenile Delinquent Center. It was preferable to having a son with epilepsy.
I know of a sister too. She married and had children. I have seen her grave not far from my grandparents' graves. Her husband is buried there and several children. I know nothing about them.
So that is why there are fewer than I should have to tell about.