A recent conversation reminded me of the very human side of genealogy, as seen through the eyes of a child:
Dee, a cousin and friend of mine has several grandchildren. Recently Emily, aged 5, wanted to call her “great-grandmother” since her 9 year-old cousin, Tayah, was calling Dee great-grandma. Tayah is a step great-granddaughter.
Emily was reminded that Dee was her grandmother, but not her great-grandmother.
A follow-up phone call resulted in a direct request from Emily to call her “great-grandmother.” The reason?
“Because, Grandma, you do great things for me.”
Obviously, this grandmother is doing something right!