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In every life, including anti-adoption #adoptees, like Joan M Wheeler, some humor must fall…

by on November 23, 2015

…for without humor the follies of humans, and/or their complication of relationships, would be too much to bear!

Recently I heard a ‘novelty’ song, with quite an interesting tale. Wanting to know more about it, I found the following information and lyrics.

Enjoy!

I’m My Own Grandpa” (sometimes rendered as “I’m My Own Grandpaw“) is a novelty song written by Dwight Latham and  Moe Jaffe, performed by Lonzo and Oscar in 1947, about a man who, through an unlikely (but legal) combination of marriages, becomes stepfather to his own stepmother — that is, tacitly dropping the “step-” modifiers, he becomes his own grandfather.

In the 1930s, Latham had a group, the Jesters, on network radio; their specialties were bits of spoken humor and novelty songs. While reading a book of  Mark Twain anecdotes, he once found a paragraph in which Twain proved it would be possible for a man to become his own grandfather. In 1947, Latham and Jaffe expanded the idea into a song, which became a hit for Lonzo and Oscar.

In the song, the narrator marries a widow with an adult daughter. Subsequently, his father marries the widow’s daughter. This creates a comic tangle of relationships by a mixture of blood and marriage; for example, the narrator’s father is now also his stepson-in-law. The situation is complicated further when both couples have children.

Although the song continues to mention that both the narrator’s wife and stepdaughter had children by the narrator and his father, respectively, the narrator actually becomes “his own grandpa” once his father marries the woman’s daughter.

  • The narrator marries the older woman.
    • This results in the woman’s daughter becoming his stepdaughter.
  • Subsequently, the narrator’s father marries the older woman’s daughter.
    • The woman’s daughter, being the new wife of the narrator’s father, is now both his stepdaughter and his stepmother. Concurrently, the narrator’s father, being his stepdaughter’s husband, is also his own stepson-in-law.
      • The narrator’s wife, being the mother of his stepmother, makes her both spouse and step-grandmother.
        • The husband of the narrator’s wife would then be the narrator’s step-grandfather. Since the narrator is that person, he has managed to become his own (step-step) grandfather. The “step-step” concept applies because the step-father of your step-mother would be your step-step-grandfather, making a “double step” event possible.

The song continues with

  • The narrator and his wife having a son.
    • The narrator’s son immediately becomes the half-brother of his stepdaughter, as the narrator’s wife is the mother of both.
      • Since his stepdaughter is also his stepmother, then the narrator’s son is also his own step-and/or half-uncle because he is the (half-) brother of his (step-) mother.
        • The Narrator’s son would then become a brother-in-law to the narrator’s father, because he is the (half-) brother of the father’s wife.
      • The narrator’s father and his wife (the narrator’s stepdaughter) then had a son of their own. The child would then become the narrator’s grandson because he is the son of his (step-) daughter.
        • The son would also become the (half-) brother of the narrator because his father is also the narrator’s.

 

AND NOW THE LYRIC OF THE SONG.

“I’m My Own Grandpa”
Now, many many years ago
When I was twenty three
I was married to a widow
Who was pretty as could be

This widow had a grown-up daughter
Had hair of red
My father fell in love with her
And soon the two were wed

This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life
My daughter was my mother
‘Cause she was my father’s wife

To complicate the matters
Even though it brought me joy
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy

My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad
And so became my uncle
Though it made me very sad

For if he was my uncle
That also made him the brother
Of the widow’s grown-up daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother

I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

My father’s wife then had a son
That kept them on the run
And he became my grandchild
For he was my daughter’s son

My wife is now my mother’s mother
And it makes me blue
Because, she is my wife
She’s my grandmother too

I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

Now, if my wife is my grandmother
Then, I am her grandchild
And every time I think of it
It nearly drives me wild

For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw
As the husband of my grandmother
I am my own grandpa

I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
I’m my own grandpa

End of humor…

On the other hand, it must be remembered that Joan M Wheeler, had revised her life story, yet again, that includes more lies, fabrications, personal data and pictures and certainly NO humor, against both the adoptive and birth families. The new title is Duped by Adoption and to which, I have created a new blog and a Facebook page…check them out.

https://gertmcqueen2.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/dupedbyadoption1

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