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Happy Meme - started on Monday...

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.

2. Do this every day for eight days.

3. Tag eight of your friends to do the same.

Today? Cousins.

I grew up with a very large and very close extended family on my mom's side. I'm the third eldest of the cousins and the eldest girl (the oldest has nine years on me and the youngest, the only other girl besides my little sister, is seventeen years younger). Growing up, we lived 15 minutes from a street where my mom's older brother, my mom's younger sister, and my grandparents all lived in a row - and my grandmother's sister lived right across the street. I can still remember shuttling back and forth among houses, thronging as warranted. Two years ago at Easter, the Cousins realized we outnumbered the adults and claimed the dining room as the Kids' Table (the previous kids' table being the smaller table in the kitchen), and so it remains.

We give each other crap, we break out the Wii and the board games, we sit around and shoot the breeze - ALL of us, the full age range, including, now, my little brother's wife - and next weekend we're all getting together to go see a movie. Tonight my sister brought her SO home for the holiday, and he fit right in at the Cousins' Table - a major test :D.

I think my grandparents, who were amazing people, must be quite pleased that we've evolved into such a loud and unruly bunch.

I purposely spent six years living other places, because my family (nuclear and extended) is such an easy place to be, I'd never leave my comfort zone. Now that I'm back, I'm incredibly grateful - the Cousins will morph and change, but with all but three of us over the age of twenty, I think we've established something that will thrive, even as life happens, and I am glad to be back and closer and more easily able to enjoy it.
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