Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Cousin's mean the words: happy, clusters and inseparable, during our visits. 

After a week away with our extended American family, I'm used to finding clusters of cousins everywhere. Our children fall in the middle to youngest, of a pack of 10 cousins, who were all born within 6 years of one another. Whether the cousins are swimming, boating, playing ball, playing games, eating, creating, sleeping or watching fireworks, etc. None of them are ever alone. What a gift! Did you grow up with cousins who were close in age? Do you have good cousin memories?

My mind's eye dances with images of this gift of cousin camaraderie --- cousin confidences kept and memories made. I hope that you, too, are having a summer of memory making.

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  1. That's really lovely.
    We lived far away from all my cousins - Dad's family in the mid-west and my mother's in England and we were all the way out in Arizona.
    I would have really enjoyed being closer while growing up.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to share. Yes, we consider these long and easy "cousin/Grandparent" Summers a gift for the kids (and us, too).

  2. Beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for reminding me about the gift of cousins... There are five in our extended family and there has been some bickering of their individual personalities and interests become more fully developed. But I hope they will look back on these precious weeks together and smile at the memories of love and fun... And I have to remember that kids will be kids!

    1. Thank you for sharing, Jennifer. The beauty of pictures is that they capture everything good without the occasional unwanted soundtrack, right?! I am convinced that the old phrase "kids will be kids" are words of wisdom! I',m convinced that childhood memories are a collection of memories and connections that they'll take forward; not, who had the blue ball first. I have used this phrase myself as I've been unplugging and letting go of my Mommy-art direction and life styling tendencies. Wishing you long and happy days of memory making!


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