My Small Family

I know a lot of people with big families and most of them are local. I have friends who run into cousins they forgot they had. They tend to love having family parties because they are a big deal and probably the reason their family is so big is because they simply love family.

My family is very different and for the most part I like that we’re small. I have only one Aunt who had only two sons. To be fair she has 7 grandchildren and that’s still hard to believe. All of that family is out in Oklahoma and Arkansas so of course we rarely see them. I was informed that next time I do see them will be for a wedding 😉

The only Uncle I ever had, my father’s brother, died of cancer at age 21. I still wish I could have met him, I think I would have liked him a lot.

My local family consists of second and third cousins I see maybe once a year and I don’t even have contact information for them. My third cousin Amy had her second child and I have barely seen either of her children.

I have tried a couple times to make contact with absolutely no response. Sometimes I can’t help but get the feeling they are a bit ashamed of our family, they’ve always been quite a bit more wealthy than we are.

Part of me wishes I’d grown up around a lot of cousins and maybe had an Aunt or Uncle that I could go to when I didn’t want to go to my parents. Part of me wishes we had family gatherings and I could see all the new kids in the family. I generally don’t like children but I adore my cousins. It almost makes me want to cry thinking about all of them and I wish I could be a real part of their lives.

I guess if I want to see them all again I better have a big wedding :cheesy:

  1. DonnaDork

    August 18, 2006 at 9:42 pm

    Hey Robin.

    Seriously..my family is a lot like yours. It is actually a big family..but none of us ever see much of anyone unless it is immediate family.

    Now my husbands family onthe other hand is also a big family, but they are constantly having big get togethers, and always in touch with each other.

  2. Gary

    August 18, 2006 at 11:32 pm

    You would be surprised how often that happens. When I was married, my wife had an aunt who was like that. I think that sort of thing is dying out slowly, though. People are starting to realize how shallow it is.

  3. Krayzee Chickadee

    August 19, 2006 at 8:39 am

    Hey, I resemble one of those cousins…. :hyper:

    Maybe my husband and I can take part of our second honeymoon up there….. We’ll be doing that around the year 2010 for our 20th anniversary. (YIKES, 20??!!)

    I would love to have come there already, but you know we are cash-strapped and travelling with four children can be a (nightmare) interesting experience, haha.

    I hope we get up there before the “Big Day” whenever that is, but if not, I will continue to leave you strange, quirky comments on your blog. :rock:

  4. Robin

    August 20, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    KC – I know why you cannot come here and it’s mainly the same reasons we can’t come out there more often. I hope to be able to make a trip with Erik within the next year or two though. I miss all of you guys and I am really sad to be missing your kids growing up. It’s hard to believe I used to carry Al around everywhere, that’s not gonna happen anymore as I’m sure she’s taller than me.

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