Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cousins


My son and my niece travelled to their old college stomping ground Ithaca this weekend to hang out with my daughter, who is in her senior year of college there. Their cousin Dani, also attends college in Ithaca, and the four cousins apparently had a fabulous time together, even if the sleeping arrangements were a bit crowded. My son was coaching a track meet at Cornell on Saturday morning, and my daughter had a step performance on Saturday night, and they all attended everything together, joined by my daughter's boyfriend who attends her same school. They cheered each other on and sent out occasional glimpses of the fun over Snapchat, and I couldn't help thinking that wherever she is, their grandmother was smiling to see them all together in supreme joy and comfort like that, completely entertained in one another's company. My son and niece are driving back to the city as I write this, and I am sure I will hear some hair raising stories of visits to old haunts, like the legendary Moonies just off the Commons, where your feet just might stick to the floor. My mother and her eight siblings instilled a deep love of family in their children, and I can't even describe how gratifying it is to see it so fully expressed in yet another generation.


6 comments:

  1. They are all remarkably beautiful, and I know it's as true of their insides as their outsides! My kids and their cousins have these remarkable relationships as well, based largely on the one or two weeks they spend together only once a year in South Carolina. I never cease to marvel at those bonds -- growing up together for one week a year seems to insure whatever similar genes they hold.

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  2. I've never had this kind of bond with my first cousins and would not trust them as far as I could throw them, so your kids are very fortunate.

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  3. There's something special about having family as friends, too. Shared history can make the bonds very strong. Your son and daughter and their cousins are lucky, and they're smart to keep building those relationships.

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  4. Every college experience needs to involve an establishment where your feet stick to the floor. It's a rite of passage! It's great to see how tightly your kids and their relatives are bonded.

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  5. what a wonderful experience sharing time together, my children and my brothers children manage from time to time to meet up and have fun, despite them all living in different parts of the world... the picture is fun....blessings to you all... J

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