Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Family


I've been staying at my cousin's for the last few days. We look enough alike to be sisters. We have some of the same mannerisms, and I see and hear her sisters and mother, and my mother, in many of the things she says and does. It's like a part of you, or many parts of you, are reflected back to you for your review and consideration.

It's weird and comforting to see that someone else buys the exact same soap, same shoes, cooks with the same cook ware, laughs at the same things, enjoys the same music, buys the same brands of food, makes the same choices about a million other things for the same reasons.

When separated by thousands of miles, very different lives and different situations entirely, it's nice to know there are others walking around the planet that get you, that you get, even if you don't get to get together very often at all.


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9 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Genetics is a strange and wonderful thing --

Wanda said...

How lovely to know that there is more than one of you! Love.

fullsoulahead.com said...

I've never had that experience. I grew up isolated from cousins. Now you've got me thinking...

deb colarossi said...

It's a little unsettling and yet so fascinating.
And cool. Very cool.

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Have a wonderful visit!

Leslie said...

I so get that--my cousins are guys, and we can be apart for more than a year, but when we see each other again--it's like home.

Wanda said...

Was this before your time?

Amber said...

Oh, I have been having thoughts along these lines! I see my cousins on facebook, and see how Wyatt looks like them... And I watch "searching for..." on OWN. And also the wonderful, "Who Do You Think You Are?", have you watched that? It just puts me in touch with that place inside me that longs for family and place and history. It is like you say, that these little, small things tell you are connected to somewhere. I love to see Wyatt's smile and cheeks when I look at my cousins.

:)

Lori said...

The beauty of it is you can connect with cousins you've met just a few times. You share that bond of family that's tough as nails.