How does that relation go?
Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three, I was married to a widow who was pretty as could be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red, My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed.
This made my dad my son-in-law and really changed my life, for now, my daughter was my mother because she was my father’s wife
And to complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy, I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy.
My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad, And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad.
For if he were my uncle, then that also made him brother, Of the widow’s grownup daughter, who was, of course, my step-mother?
Father’s wife then had a son who kept them on the run, And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter’s son.
My wife is now my mother’s mother and it makes me blue, Because although she is my wife, she’s my grandmother too.
Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I’m her grandchild, And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild.
Cause now I have become the strangest ‘case you ever saw, As the husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa.
Written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe
Reflections: Finding the Clues
I am a History Nerd! I love History, whether it’s my ancestors or the world’s history. Books, movies, research, Museum’s, I like to study and get the facts. Usually, more facts lend to more questions, and then my obsessiveness kicks in. I love research and like to think there’s a little Sherlock Holmes in my genes, as I continually search for the next big clue.
Fifteen years ago I started working on my Ancestral tree. I got so engrossed with the research that I couldn’t put it away. I couldn’t sleep without getting up at night just to find the next hint of evidence to prove I was on the right track. Soon I realized that I was putting all my time and effort in the search. I finally packed everything in a box and put in the Garage. Out of sight and out of mind.
Fifteen years later, guess who found the box and pulled out the old dusty files for just a quick peek to confirm information I needed. As I pulled each file out, it was like seeing old friends again. It wasn’t long before I was back obsessing over new data and looking for the pieces of history I needed to complete the puzzle.
Yesterday, while I was reading my morning devotions in my “Daily Walk Bible” I pondered 3 Questions:
- Where does your mind wander during the moments before you fall asleep?
- What is the first thing that crosses your mind when you wake up in the morning?
- Answer these questions honestly, and you will discover the greatest passion in your life!
These issues were a scary thought for me, you see like genealogy but I am obsessed with the news too. As soon as I wake up, I lay in bed and read all the news each morning, and at night I do the same before I fall asleep. I like to think I’m just staying up on world events but in reality, I had come face-to-face with my own failings. The hard fact is the news, and my ancestors had become my idol. What a shocker, I guess God thought I needed to face the facts about my excesses.
The Bible says: Philippians 4:8
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
I have now placed all my genealogy away in a file cabinet and am trying to go cold turkey on the news. Lol, I’ll let you know how it is progressing. It is not that these are bad, but for me, if they are first in my life then I need to put them in check. My desire is put God first and keep my eyes on Him.
Thank you, dear friends, for spending your time with me. Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs to all,