I recently recalled a conversation with Quinn from long, long ago when she told me she’d been at the mall with her high-school friend. They had just passed a group of girls when she leaned in to tell Quinn: “I think one of them was my cousin.” Turns out Quinn’s dear friend has so many cousins she hadn’t yet met all of them!
Growing up with cousins was/is a life blessing for me. I had eight first cousins altogether and am grateful my parents were intentional about visiting their siblings regularly enough for me to know them well. The same was true for Paul, who benefitted even more because he was an only child. Close friendships with his cousins filled that void for him.
My “PWC family of origin” folder holds lots of evidence of this.
You’re catching on to why I titled this post the “blended-family advantage.” Add together my original cousins, Paul’s cousins, Mauri’s cousins, and Margaret-Roses’s cousins and I might have as many (or more) cousins as Quinn’s high-school friend! Blessed!
In June (you might recall) Mauri and I enjoyed time with Macy cousins in Central Oregon and this weekend we got to join a small gathering of M-R’s Williams cousins at our favorite spot on the Oregon Coast—Harbor Villa.
Mauri had a “leading” commitment Saturday morning and another one this morning, so, given the two-hour travel time each way, we had only a few short hours to catch up.
Ah—I spy a non-cousin, to us, at least. Brother Daryl, a.k.a. DK!
Flashback! The cousins sitting around these tables resurrected the scene of our Nill family reunion in 1998, so I’m helplessly “required” to share these matchups.
OK, back to real time. After-dinner conversation led cousin Kathy to pull out some nostalgic pictures of her own, a magic word for me.
There was this one! The “extra” little is Laura Jane, DK and Julene’s daughter.
The cutie on the left is cousin Becky and Dwaine’s Marcia. And then . . .
. . . this showed up! I can’t be sure, but I think I grinned all the way home.