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A Very Odd Family Tree

In one of our discussions last night, my brother-in-law and I tried to explain to my sisters the titles of a family. In my Filipino family, everyone tends to be a “Lolo” or “Lola” (Grandfather or Grandmother) or “Tita” or “Tito” (Aunt or Uncle) or a “cousin.”

This is what I mean.

My siblings are Anna, Gale, and Chris. My nephews are Sean and Nico.

My cousin, Laurice, has a child, Mia (with a Sophia on the way). Laurice’s mom and my mom are cousins so we’re actually cousins.

All three kids call each other “Cousin.” Mia calls my siblings Tita and Tito even though they’re really first cousins, once removed. She also calls my parents Lolo or Lola even though they should really be Great-Aunt and Great-Uncle.

I suppose that we’re all just taught to call each other with such titles to show respect and because we tend to be close to each other. It’s a bit strange, I suppose, to think of the way our family tree works. When I was younger, I think it confused me when we did family tree projects and I believe other kids were confused by me too.

Does anyone else find this odd? Does anyone else find themselves with a family tree like mine?

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2 responses to “A Very Odd Family Tree

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  2. jilly 3 February 2011 at 12:48 am

    That’s not so weird. In my family, I have half-siblings that are 20 years older than me, and because of that, I have a niece and nephew who are actually older than me.

    And may I just add (and I think I will) that I am really happy when people understand the whole 1st cousin vs. 2nd cousin vs. 1st cousin once removed, etc. It’s one of the not-really-all-that-important things I would like to teach the world.

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