Celebrate First Friends with National Cousins Day This Sunday
My first memories included my first friends, my cousins. My family was from small-town Georgia, and cousins were all I knew until my Dad joined the military and we began our trek around the country with the US Army.
Family holiday gatherings consisted of so many cousins. On my Mom's side of the family, girls outnumbered the boys by at least double, and we were all close in again, so saying that they were my first friends is no lie. We handed down clothes, wrote letters to each other, and couldn't wait for the next opportunity to spend the night at Grandma's house. J names were popular in my family, beginning with my cousins, Jane, Judy, and Joan, then me, Jeri. My grandmother had to name us all to get the right child. Thankfully, my mom broke the trend by naming my sister Linda. By the way, that's me front row far right-hand side with the bag of plums in my hand. Must have been picking plums out of my teeth as well!
When I grew up in a family of 5 children, I knew that my children would have the same experience with their cousins. My son, Tyler was born just a month before my nephew, Chase, and they are so, so close. And like my siblings and I, they cannot wait for family gatherings so they can see each other and catch up. My niece just got married at the end of June, and the family picture was massive, as many of the cousins were in attendance.
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When I remarried almost two years ago, my husband had a family all his own with two grown children and 4 grandchildren. Our families nearly matched! Now together we have ten grandchildren. They love being at Nana and Papa's house so much. My goal in life is to create special memories for them each time they are together at my house. We have a Christmas Cookie decorating contest the Saturday after Thanksgiving each year, and this year, we had the biggest ever Easter Egg Hunt. Last Christmas, we spend the evening at Holiday in the Park with our Ugly Christmas Sweaters on.
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National Cousins Day
Cousins were my first friends, and I know that they will be my oldest friends. My wish is that my kids and grandkids get to have those memories that will last a lifetime.
Celebrate National Cousins Day this Sunday, July 24, 2022! Maybe a phone call or Facetime with your cousin is in order!