Barry's Relatively Speaking: The Same Thing?

Posted on Nov 11, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Brenda shares the following experience.

We all know the English language can be confusing, but we sometimes forget just how confusing it can be in the mind of a child!

My five-year-old nephew was questioning his mother one day about why all of his cousin Hayley's cousins were not also his cousins. My sister explained to him that some of Hayley's cousins were related to her through her daddy, and he was not related to Hayley's daddy but to her mother. In explaining this she made the statement that a child inherits half of its genes from its mother and half from its daddy. Later he was discussing what his new baby brother or sister might look like when it was born. He said, "I know, Mother, it will get half its pants from you and half its pants from Daddy." Although my sister was at first extremely puzzled, it dawned on her what his confusion was. "Oh, Clint!", she said, "It's genes, not pants!" Shrugging his shoulders, Clint replied, "Jeans, pants, same thing!"

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