My daughter is wearing a jean jacket that used to belong to one of her friends in second grade. Another of their friends filched it and has had it for years. Then, this fall, my daughter swapped a sweater of hers with that friend so that she is now the owner of this storied jean jacket from second grade. My niece, meanwhile looks about 12 years old but is holding it down in dental school. She said the intensive masters degree in biomedical sciences that she took last year was "the best forty thousand I will ever have to pay back," because it utterly prepped her for the intensity of dental school. My daughter calls her cousin "my studying guru." I feel such gratitude today for the closeness of the cousins, and the decades of shared history that binds us all.