Cousins are special. You are built-in best friends. You are family with a shared heritage. You have shared holidays and family celebrations. You are usually relatively close in age, which makes you such good playmates by default.
My kids are blessed with many cousins from both sides of the family. Some live close. Some live far away. But, the heart strings are tied regardless of the amount of time spent with each one.
This week we have been blessed by the visit of two cousins from Oklahoma. They come down every summer to spend some time at the ranch. It is also a given that they will spend a lot of time with my boys.
It is an opportunity for them to spend quality time with their Texas family. It is also an opportunity for my boys to show them around the ranch. There are horses to ride, hikes to take, fish to be caught, and stars to be gazed at in the night sky.
We are excited that the cousins have arrived. We are looking forward to showing them around again and instilling in them a love for the ranch, which is part of our family culture.
My cousins are almost all grown up now. I’m the oldest and the youngest one is a sophomore in high school. We don’t get to spend much time together anymore. We live in many different states and places, but the one thing that is still true is that we will be there for each other in a minute.
“Blood is thicker than water” and the times that we spent making memories early in our childhood bonded us forever. I encourage my children to spend time and develop relationships with their cousins. Extended family is a great treasure.
How about you? Do you have fond memories of growing up with your cousins?