Yesterday my parent's grandkids (all but two...) gathered at their graves to honor them. A few short weeks ago we gathered again, this time all the cousins on my side of the family were together. This time for a wedding.
Growing up I spent a lot of time with the cousins on my mom's side of the family. My mom's two brothers lived near each other and were relatively close to my family. We saw them multiple times each year.
The cousins on my dad's side were more spread out. I had uncles that were born near the turn of the twentieth century and so their children were born before my father was born in the 1920's. It's hard to believe I have first cousins that old.
My cousins on my side of the family all live close. The cousins on my wife's side of the family are spread out all over the country. I wish we could see them more.
We'll have another family gathering in a few weeks for another wedding. So far the Summer of Cousins has gotten off to a good start.