I apologize for missing last week’s post, I had to work on the weekend, and there was quite a bit of drinking involved. They may have even been related … who knows?
With my bro Jordan being a new father – and to be perfectly honest, his baby girl is cute – I started thinking about the progression of my family line.
- My brother has one sibling: me. My sister-in-law (a.k.a. his wife) is an only child. They are expecting their firstborn in the summer.
- I may be out of town/province/country/continent when their child is born. I suppose the proper thing to do would be to inform them so I don’t get a phone-call at odd hours in Japan. That would be expensive.
- I am the only Uncle this child shall have. I get to spoil him or her or them rotten, teach them all the cool moves I know, and generally make my brother’s life difficult, just like when we were kids ourselves.
- Since I will be the only Uncle, this means I am responsible for providing cousins. Cousins are key for anyone, no matter their age. Even if you’re not close with a cousin growing up, you connect strongly with them as adults. I am quite close to two of my cousins that I saw maybe a half-dozen times as a child.
- Their child will have one great grand-mother on our side, and I believe a great grand-mother and great grand-father on her side. This boggles my mind, I knew none of my great grand-parents, and the same goes for my brother.
- He, she, or they will have two grand-parents on our side, and three or four on her side. Her parents are divorced, and I believe her mother remarried. I’m not sure about her father. While I’m used to having friends with divorced parents, it will take me a while to wrap my head around a child having multiple grand-parent couples on the same side of the family.
- My brother and I used Japanese words for our maternal grand-parents, in an attempt to embrace at least a tiny bit of our heritage. However, we didn’t use the formal terms, instead just using “Baachan” and “Jiichan”.
- On the flip side, our paternal grand-parents were referred to by “Nanny” and “Pops”, the reasons for which I can only assume lie within some part of British culture. I believe my paternal great grand-father was referred to as “Chief”.
- My cousin once told me that in order to keep family land in Japan, one of our female ancestors had her husband take her family name. I feel as though this would be uncommon in present day, but in Japan at least 70 years ago? Yikes.
- The Nagasaka and Perkins lines will be continued, however the Quackenbush line ends with my sister-in-law. I suppose it’s inevitable that a family line will end eventually.
Those are just some thoughts that popped into my head.
–Kiyoshi “The Prototype”
Your #1 Canadian eh?