The Magic of Cousins


We recently took a trip to Florida to visit family who reside in Arizona but spend their summers at the beach. My cousin’s twins are six weeks younger than my oldest son, and watching my boys play with her kids brought back the magic of cousins and many memories of family bonding.

I am lucky to have many first cousins, two of whom we were visiting in Florida. These cousins grew up in California, and my sister and I grew up in NJ. When we were very young, my mom decided to make the trip out west every year so we would always be close to our California cousins.

I am so grateful for that decision. Having family across the country taught me that quality over quantity can make a big difference in personal relationships.

While we often wished we could spend Thanksgiving together or birthdays (which we did pull off several times), those two weeks of summer or winter vacation traveling up and down the coast of California, swimming in Lake Tahoe, skiing in the Nevada mountains, or even just playing Monopoly and making up dance routines made for some of my best memories and created a very strong bond.

Now we are all grown up, still live on opposite ends of the country, and have carried on the vacation traditions with our own children.

Cell phones have certainly added another element of connection with an ongoing group text with my cousins, aunt, uncle, sister, niece, nephew, and mom, where we share pictures and updates.

Cousins have always been a magical part of my life. A cross between a sibling and a friend who shared DNA but different homes, a special connection with which I’ve been blessed and continue to choose time and time again.

I have cousins of all ages and geographic locations and value them all, and I am proud to share these connections with my boys.

There’s comfort in knowing that love and connection stay strong no matter time or distance.

That security has always allowed me to take risks, live away from those I love, and carry on familial relationships and friendships across the country and world. I wish the same for my boys and hope they are also learning that love and strong family bonds are intact no matter where they choose to call home someday.

Have you experienced the magic of cousins?

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Cindy lives in Trumbull with her husband, two active little boys (2014 and 2017), and an equally active Jack Russell. Born and raised in New Jersey, Cindy went to college out west (CU Boulder) and met her husband while living in Hoboken and working in NYC. She started in corporate fashion, left after eight years to pursue her acting career, and also worked in social media for a nonprofit. She is now a full-time mom, a member of the Wellness Committee at her sons' school, and enjoys reading and attending book club each month. She loves moving her body, especially anything active with her boys, and quieting her mind with tapping and meditation.


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