Do we ever really know someone? This was a question I kept asking myself at a funeral this past weekend.
Before I get to that story, I first must let you know about my mom's side of the family. My mom comes from a huge family. Her Grandfather and Grandmother had ten children. In the late 1930's they decided to move from Missouri to Salinas, California. I've always joked they were like the Joad Family from "The Grapes of Wrath".
With a family that big, you're going to have some strange kids. One of my mom's uncles loved going to the mountains to pan for gold. My mom's other uncle moved back to Missouri, was a trucker for a living, and made his own moonshine. I know this because I drank some of his moonshine two summer's ago. My own grandmother lived a hard life. She was married three times before divorce became popular.
None of them will top that latest. My mom's aunt recently passed away. My family and I traveled to Watsonville for the funeral, where we found out my mom's aunt had several different personalities. And that was when the question was ask. Do we ever really know someone?
We thought we knew my mom's aunt. I used to stay at her house as a teenager and then would drive to Santa Cruz during the summer. To find out that she had two driver's licenses and social security cards with different names was shocking.
We also found out that she sent recordings of music to Nashville and that she was photographed wearing a wig and what looked like a cocktail dress in Las Vegas. She was definitely living the high life in her other lives.
She was clearly suffering from some sort of identity disorder. It amazes me that we didn't find this out until after she passed. Maybe it was better we didn't know until after she passed.
So back to that question. Do we ever really know someone? We certainly didn't know my aunt as well as we thought. Do you have someone in your family you didn't really know and found out once they died they had multiple personalities?
Weirdness at a funeral.
(Note: This story was so bizarre I had to share it with you. Knowing my mom she probably already shared it with ten other people by now.)