Calamity Cousins

My sister Phyllis is seating holding my squalling sister, Connie.  I am the beautifully groomed girl standing in the back row.   Mother made me wear that skirt and pink blouse I had just gotten that day for Christmas.  She made them.  The top button was the only one left by the time this picture was made.  The hem was ripped out of the skirt.  That’s what happens when you play football in a dress.

Cousins on Christmas

Cousins on Christmas

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Me and my cousin Cathy.  I was the tall kid.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have lots of cousins, more than forty on my father’s side of the family.  Some of them were great friends and partners in crime, some were object lessons, preparing me for life, and many are great fodder for my storytelling.  I am grateful for all of them.  There were always plenty for two ball teams.  The little ones made great bases!

There were five of us born about a year apart, three girls and two boys, my first friends.  We played, fought, and grew up together.  I often spent the night with Sue or Cathy.  It was common for our families to visit on Saturdays and again on Sunday, so there was lots of kid-swapping.  We loved it.  More often than not, it was late when we collapsed and ending sleeping in our clothes on pallets on the floor.

Of course, as we grew up and started families, we drifted apart, occasionally meeting at a family gathering, where we’d catch up a bit, making fruitless plans to get together.  The old feelings were there, just put on a shelf.

Now that we are older, we are starting to rekindle our relationships.  It is lovely.

27 thoughts on “Calamity Cousins

  1. I’ve enjoyed watching my Mom reunite with her cousins in the ‘golden years’, and enjoyed getting to know them myself. I hope to do the same with my own cousins! More to come, I hope?

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  2. How wonderful and lucky for you. I had none of the above. Now I have four siblings three children among us and six grandchildren. The family name will be the next thing to disappear as the family is all females except for one son and one grandson who bear other names. ❤ 😀

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  3. Rosa Ave Fénix says:

    How lucky you are!!!!!!!!! I’ve got no siblings, no cousins…. no family, if you remember what happened to my only daughter… Enjoy a lot!!!!! It’s normal that for a while you didn’t meet so frecuently…work.

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