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cousins laughing

When I left my hometown, I was virtually certain I’d never return for more than a few days at a time.

When I left my hometown, I wasn’t a parent.

Now, I have two little ones.

Now, I watch them

play with their cousins

(some are cousins

by love and blood;

all are cousins by love

between once-famil-ies

now famil-y)

and hear their

peals of laughter

as they disappear

this way and that

and feel the joy

flowing out of them,

to be here with family,

and I wish

we did not

have to


This time, we’ll make the long drive back to Los Angeles.

But it may well be that there’ll be no drive back the next time we arrive, or the time after next.

That someday I’ll miss the SoCal sunshine … but that such missing will be a small trade to make to not-miss my siblings, or their kids, or the sounds of cousins laughing.

  1. November 25, 2017 at 7:12 am

    I think, that I can follow your thoughts, I miss my kids here.

    • November 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

      I’m so muddle-headed this morning that I can barely follow my own thoughts, but I wanted to capture the moment and feelings … even if I later scratch my head at certain word choices. 🙂

      This trip has been so full of joy.

      • November 25, 2017 at 7:50 am

        This kind of experiences are for collecting, Deborah 🙂
        In another day, where you need a smile, you can think at this trip.

  2. November 25, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Cousins are THE BEST.

    • November 25, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Watching them play reminds me so much of me and my sibs growing up. I sooooo do not want to pack my boys up and whisk them away from this! It’s a little easier imagining it as temporary, because COUSIN LOVE!

      • November 25, 2017 at 5:48 pm

        I’m an only child, but my cousins are nice about letting me pretend I’m their sister so I won’t feel left out. 🙂

  3. November 25, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Making memories! I have fond ones of my cousins!

  4. November 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Nice post. Being a single child of my parents I know the importance of cousins. Only my short meetings with them are reason of my living the life smoothly because whenever I get into any trouble I approach to them & their peals of laughter soothe my distressed mind.

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