I decided this summer that my kids needed to know their second cousins, so we spent vacation time with them on the Choptank River, where Nancy, Andy and I learned to swim. Wanna know how? My Dad threw us off the boat and told us to swim back, and I love him for it! We also learned to crab, waterski and appreciate fresh seafood on the Choptank.
It was cousins redux, this time in Annapolis, spending an entire evening with my first cousins, Syndy and Steve, Julie and Bobby, and Brian and Kate and a whole tribe of kiddos.
We’ve all grown in so many ways. We laugh at our shortcomings . . .the times when we’ve fought and cried with and in front of each other . . . we’ve shared lots of weddings and funerals by this point. We allow ourselves to buy store bought food, even with Bobby, the area’s BEST chef sitting right at the table (I’ll fess up . . . at least it was a Pellman), we don’t get too excited when our kids come crying or protesting. We are about the love, the memories and the acceptance, and it’s a beautiful journey.
Life is short. Family is precious. I love mine.