I remember some of my fondest memories when I was a child was going camping with my cousins. Also getting together on Christmas Day for dinner at my Grandmother's house with my cousins. When our kids were little, we were blessed to have some of their cousins live close to us for quite a few years. Still even as adults they talk about the holidays and times we got together and all the funny things that happened. And they are very close!
Yes, having family ( cousins ) around, is really a blessing that many of us take for granted if we have always had it. Now my kids are growing up and we are doing all that we can to keep the next generations of cousins...close. It is hard when they live so far away, but it is worth all the effort that we make.
Just recently one of my great nephews got really sick. What a blessing it was to call all the family and asked each one of them to remember him in their thoughts and prayers. It just made my heart happy to have my kids ask on a daily basis how he was doing? Yes, that is how families are suppose to work! Helping and supporting each other. I hope my grandkids will be able to get to know their cousins...that would be a real treat in their lives if they do...and in mine too!
"Cousins are usually the first friends we have as children. No one will ever understand your crazy family like your cousins do even if you haven't talked to much lately."
"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." ~Jane Howard