February 3, 2010 at 6:45 am (cheesy sentimentalities, the continuing adventures of Superpuff, wednesday whimsy)

“Cousins are different beautiful flowers in the same garden.”

– Anonymous
When I was growing up, my life was awash with cousins. Hoards of cousins. Gangs and gaggles and groups of cousins. Cousins as far as the eye could see! We were a rowdy and playful bunch during holidays and family gatherings, and it was tons of fun!
But T? T doesn’t really have any cousins at all. She’s the first-born grand-baby on both sides of our family. Neither my  nor my husband’s brothers and sisters are married or have kids yet, so it looks as if cousins might be a long way down the road for our poor lonely Teaball. I feel a little bit sad for her, even though she has no idea what she’s missing. . . I couldn’t imagine a life without cousins!
T moves in for a cousin kiss, while Little L shyly gnaws at her fingers...
There is one little girl who just might qualify for the part. . . My cousin has a daughter very close in age to T. I *think* this technically makes our daughters second-cousins, but with pickins’ as slim as what Puff has, a cousin is a cousin is a cousin.
Little L was born only 2 months before T.  Unfortunately, we don’t really get to see her very often. When a rare opportunity to get our girls together happened to come up on a Wednesday afternoon, I jumped at the chance.
They had such a wonderful time! Its made me happy to watch them playing with each-other – romping and stomping and mixing it up! T was pretty happy about it, too.
They are complete and total opposites in every way; Little L is terribly shy, T is the most outgoing person I’ve ever met. T is as fair as can be with her blonde hair and baby blues, Little L is dark – from her complexion to her big chocolate-brown eyes and almost black hair. T chatters and giggles constantly, while L tends to be more of the quiet type. It will be very interesting to watch as these two grow up and see how their personalities develop as they age.


  1. wecki77 said,

    Tori is also without cousins. Since my brother is only in 9th grade, my sis isn’t even close to having kids, and my brother-in-law…well, I don’t think he plans on having any kids at all, Tori’s cousins are a distant future. Second cousins? Plenty! My hubby is from, well, I’m sure we’ve discussed this. His family has lots of babies. They are all VERY active and outgoing, while Tori likes to watch them run wild wherever they are.

  2. Kathleen Scott said,

    Sweet. L and T might be great complements to each other.

    We grew up as Air Force transients so we didn’t know the few cousins in our family. Kids make friends who become cousins-of-choice over life. T’s personality will bring close companions.

  3. Kendall said,

    awww what sweet cousin pictures! 🙂 My girls have 2 cousins, but unfortunately live quite a ways away and are much older. No matter, the youngest, a girl, absolutely loves playing with the girls when we do get to see them. I am sure, as Kathleen said, that T’s personality will have her swamped with friends!!

  4. Ki said,

    Aww…!!! T and L are adorable together…! They both look so old – I mean they look like KIDS in the full-body shots.

  5. Kelli said,

    Cousins are so special and I pray that their relationship will grow as the years pass!

  6. Amber said,

    How precious.

    I love that last picture.

  7. blunt delivery said,

    aw man. i totally got jipped. i only have one cousin. can you believe that crap? and she is like ten years older so we never hung out. BOOOO HOO. if you have a big family, it’s definitely something to be thankful for.

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