October 18, 2017
When did I first learn that Aunt Vonnie was not really my Aunt by blood? I have no memory of that, but I remember being fascinated by the story that Grandma "adopted" her (I suspect it wasn't a legal adoption) before she married grandpa. I was a bit shocked to learn this past weekend that Vonnie wasn't orphaned, that she had siblings and family in Iowa. It was a matter of economics during the Great Depression, a family too poor to feed and clothe their children. Vonnie certainly had material advantages with Grandma, but I wonder about the emotional costs.