6 March 6, 2013
I come from a rather large family. My father and mother are both the youngest of four children. Both sides of my family share similar qualities as well as vast differences.
My paternal grandfather, Elmer Fynan, was born and raised in Riverside, Burlington County, New Jersey. My paternal grandmother, Grace Taylor, was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and her family relocated to Riverside, New Jersey after the Great Depression affected millions of families in America. One detail I learned about my paternal side of the family is my grandmother was originally married to my father’s uncle, Earl Fynan. Grace and Earl had one child, Earl Jr. Heartbreakingly, Earl Sr. was killed in a plane crash during World War II and Elmer stepped in as a father figure for Earl Jr. and a husband to Grace. It was a strange concept for me to grasp as my father was telling me about this unspoken feature of my family. I learned that this was not an uncommon thing to occur during times of war. Elmer and Grace had three children together: Gracie, Jimmy, and Roger. The oldest, Earl is currently married and is a father of two daughters, Susie and Kelly. However, a few years ago, Kelly passed away due to liver complications. The second child and only daughter, Gracie, is also married and has two children, Sean and Bridgette. Grace’s third child and Elmer’s second, Jimmy never married or had any children; he passed away unexpectedly in 2006. The youngest, Roger, is married and has two children: Erin and myself. My parents decided to give me the middle name Grace after my grandmother and aunt. I take pride that I hold a family name and if I have a daughter I intend to pass the name ‘Grace’ on to my child.
With regard to physical characteristics, we have very few similarities. Both of my grandparents, my aunt, father, uncles, cousins, sister and myself are all naturally brunette. My Grandpop Fynan and I are the only two...