Friday, July 28, 2006

The Tie That Binds

Last night I had the extreme pleasure of meeting up with my globe trotting cousin and his new wife. Most of my family lives overseas. I did not have the luxury of growing up with cousins and Aunts and Uncles nearby and I did and do miss it.

My cousin and I are especially close which is difficult to attain considering we haven’t spent that much time together. He did spend 3 years in Maryland while earning his Masters but the rest of our time spent together was few and far between.

He’s been in the DC area for the past week. He is staying at the mansion while my sister is off in Mexico. He has had a whirlwind week between taking care of some business, introducing his wife to family and his many friends as well as being her tour guide. He called me yesterday and said he had a three hour window and that I was penciled in for dinner. I told him to meet me in Tyson’s and off I went.

You have to understand that I’d rather stick hot pokers in both eyes than to enter Tyson’s but this is the love I have for my cousin. A few cocktails, one bottle of wine, a fabulous dinner and three hours later we were saying our good byes. I welcomed the newest addition to my family and told her I thought he and she made a good pair. She told me that her husband was very distraught thinking that we all were not going to be able to have some time together and that she now understood why. Aw.

As I was walking back to my car, I wondered if we grew up together would our bind be as close. It doesn’t really matter. The tie that bonds is family and in our case physical distance is not an issue.


Fanny said...

That made me all verkelmpt! I am calling my favorite cousin right now to tell her how much she means to me.

Glad you were able to spend time together.

wallofdenial said...

Glad you had a good time! Did you ask if he knew any guys worth having?

Wicked H said...

Fanny: Me too, me too.

Dave: He said if I am willing to move overseas, he has them lined up. Always a catch ;-)

Amy said...

That is so wonderful. I know what you mean about not having that extended family closeness growing up. I didn't have it either, but for completely different reasons. Glad to hear you had a great visit with your cousin.

Miss Britt said...

Those are the absolute best relationships - family or not. When you can not speak for months, and when you get together it's like you just had lunch yesterday.

Lucky you!

HotForSimon said...

Awwww!!!! I'm glad you guys had a great visit!!!!

QueenieCarly said...

That's a great story! My cousin all live very close to me so I was lucky to be able to grow up surrounded by them. I have one cousin who I am particularly close to and now that we're adults we don't get to see each other often, but when we do, it's like no time has been lost. I hope you'll get to see him again soon.

(Ventured here through BA.)

Buffy said...

I have a super extended family. Many cousins I couldn't do without. (Many I could do just fine without). I think it just depends on the people.

Janet said...

My cousins were all considerably older than me, except for one. She was only 3 years older than me and all through growing up, we only lived 15 minutes apart, although we hardly ever saw each other.

Now that we are older she lives the furthest away but I have found I have a lot more in common with my older cousins than the one who just happened to be the closest to me.

It's weird how things work out that way.

Here through BE!:)