Tom’s brother, Gary, has been researching their family tree. It has branches upon branches that surprise us. Tom is not only distantly related to the Current Occupant, but the Current Vice-Occupant as well. Ewww… The only bright side is that if he’s distantly related to the Current Vice-Occupant, then he’s also related to Barack Obama as well. I’m waiting for an invitation to a State Dinner. I’ll let you know when it shows up; I’ll need dress input.
But yesterday’s discovery was the cherry on top. Gary discovered that Noah Webster, the super-duper language dude, compiler of the first dictionary, wordsmith of the highest order, is a distant relative as well.
There’s a delicious irony that the men in my family are related to both the guy who developed the dictionary of the English language, and the guy who is most responsible for the destruction of the English language.
I’m afraid to search too deeply back in my heritage; God only knows what I’ll find back there.