Well, you could have knocked me over with a Car and tree October breast cancer awareness month shirt. I tried to think back about what I actually knew about my mother’s parents. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I somehow knew to never ask, much in that way that children learn what topics are safe and which are not. I just always assumed that they died young. My mother had schizophrenia, so asking wasn’t something that seemed productive. Even then, as I listened to her on the phone, when she was relatively stable and taking her medications, I couldn’t trust what she was saying.
I did however, have her birth certificate. While all my Car and tree October breast cancer awareness month shirt, on both sides, were from one state, going back seven or eight generations, my mother was born in a neighboring state. I often thought this was odd. So I wrote a letter to the historical society in the small town of my mother’s birth. I gave the names of her parents. I asked about any information they had on either of them. This was before the internet and online records of any sort. When the sheriff arrived, they held my grandmother under suspicion. But they couldn’t find the gun. The next morning, the constable started by interviewing all the known associates of the family.