Lloyd has contacted several of his long-lost cousins on Facebook and is really enjoying reconnecting with them. I decided I'd like to do the same.
It got me thinking about the whole cousin relationship. Although my sister and I grew up together, our children did not. They know one another but didn't see each other enough during their growing years to develop close friendships with them, and now that our kids have spread out so much, chances of getting together are few and far between. Lloyd's siblings and their kids all live in Alberta so our kids see them more often. It's interesting though that now that they're all grown up, whenever some cousins happen to get together the family bond reasserts itself and everyone connects on a very elemental familiar level.
|My Kids and Wendys - 1982|
|My kids and Wendys - 1986|
|My McCarthy Cousins. I'm on the far left and the cousin I referred to above is on the far right.|
My sister and I had a special relationship with our cousin Sharron. She was born in May 1946, Wendy was born in May 1947 and I was born in May 1948. We'd go visit them in Nova Scotia every year and our mothers would dress us alike, put ringlets and bows in our hair, and take pictures.
|Sharron, Wendy and Pat 1951|
We always kept in touch with that family of cousins (there were 2 boys as well) and took pictures whenever we were together, although we stopped dressing alike and wearing bows in our hair.
|Sharron, Wendy and Pat - 1986|
|My grandkids - cousins and siblings - 2008|
But that's what family reunions are for, isn't it. Maybe it's time to have one with the extended family. Just don't make me organize it!