Friday, October 12, 2007

Flashback Friday VIV

Oh my gosh. I almost forgot it was Flashback Friday! I missed last week's, so it's imperative I reopen the door into my past for those of you new enough not to know me that historically.

Two weeks after I graduated from BYU, my Grandpa Wms died. In the space of a week, his cancer progressed significantly and somewhat unexpectedly. Our family holds close to its heart some very tender stories from his last few hours on earth, but those miracles are too close to my heart to share with friends and lurking strangers. Deal?

So, many of you know that my family is rather unique. My dad and his brother married my mom and her sister. Two brothers + two sisters = 8 children with the same genes. So, there are seven(!) of us girls and one(!) boy who all share identical genes. We have the same grandparents on both sides (both maternal and paternal grandparents are the same). In essence, the eight of us are siblings--at least our genes say so. I look more like some of my cousins than I do my sisters. At some point, when I have the time, I'm going to devote an entire blog to explaining this and filling you in on where my six sisters and brother are and what they're doing with their life... but until then, this is the glossy overview. We don't share much visually, but our noses are all pretty similar--a hybrid of our moms' thin and dads' wide.
I'm glad we all got to be there together.

Strangely enough, my two sets of Grandparents (my mom's parents and my dad's parents) met waaaaaaaaaaay back in the day when my G&G Wood were newlyweds and served in a Branch Presidency in Oregon together. Our families were destined.

But back to the story. My Gma Wms asked if I would conduct the music for the funeral. I'm somewhat musically inclined, but not nearly as much as many of my other cousins and sisters. Having "spelled my name in the air" in Seminary for several years, I figured I at least knew the 4/4 count well enough to lead the songs.

WRONG. I am a terrible chorister. I also HATE feeling embarrassed (for myself or even for others) in public. We sang "I Believe in Christ" for the opening song, and never was a longer hymn created. Never was a beat harder to conduct. Never was I more mortified.

When all was said and done, my dad summed it up best with this comment, "At least your Grandpa Wms has a sense of humor."


Rachel said...

Oh I love this!!!!!!!!! I love how we are double cousins! Sometimes I forget how cool that is! I think that is the best pictures of us all together--we do look a lot alike.

I forgot about when you led the music! But I remember how funny that was and how I felt a little bit guilty for laughing so hard at Grandpa's funeral.

I love family!

kendall said...

Hahaha, I love dad. He's a little bit brilliant in the funny statements department.

Breona said...

Ya, seriously. Thanks a lot for noticing. Geez. What a cyber friend you are. No jk. I'll try to be a cool blogger like you?.

onlychild09 said...

Sometimes I forget how closely related we all are. It is really like we are siblings. I love this.

Lainey said...

I never knew about this! Haha funny the things we forget.

Jan said...

How lovely! What a nice blog and tribute to your family AND the Williams HUMOR...both your Dad's and Grandpa Tom's. We really should get another pic of all 8 of you at Christmas. This summer when R/C came to church w/ us for WEEKS afterwards people asked us..."Was that your sister? or was that your brother?" Lucky us got to say it was both!

Ryan + Erica said...

That's such a cute comment from Jan. It really is fun to say "both!" I love both of those pictures you post. It's such a unique story, not only our relation but how the Wood/Williams family was intertwined throughout the years. I love you! Thanks for the blog about us.

Stephanie said...

For what it is worth, I don't remember you having a hard time leading the music.

Definitely, maybe, probaby related posts:

If NatA! posted a photo with this blog, here it is!