There's an argument that Modern English constitutes a creole due to its extended contact with Latin and Norman French (a pidgin is a language created by people for whom it is not a native language; once the first generation of native speakers exists, it becomes a creole). English was once much closer to its West Germanic siblings.
Sorry to hear about the funerals; my condolences.
Thank you for your thoughts.
To many things in my head today... you are right, Modern English is a creole. I should know better; at least I'm not trying to talk about PIE influences in northern Europe, that would be real embarrassing.