I know, I know, I'm always bragging about the family.
But I counted, and, in my generation, there are:
- 2 cousins on my mother's side
- 7 cousins on my father's side
- 1 sibling
- 1 me
...and I got to spend time with all but one of those people this summer. Awesome.
And a generation down, there are:
- 4 first cousins once removed on my mother's side
- 7 first cousins once removed on my father's side
- 1 niece
- 1 nephew
...and I got to spend time with all but three of those people this summer.
And here is what I have learned from those experiences:
I am related to better-than-average people in most ways. Better looking, funnier, more interesting, more interested. More loving, and with better stories. More adventurous.
Day 24 of our month of gratitude: I am thankful for my family of origin and the people who've joined the fold, including but not limited to the twenty (or so) people I'll spend this Thursday with.