Editor's Note: Tightening family ties without getting tied in knots
This week’s cover story is about family reunions. Though I have a big family, and I would say we’re pretty close, I have to admit it’s been a couple of years since I attended a reunion for any branch of it.
My immediate family – my parents, my brothers and their families – usually gets together about once a month, and there are several aunts, uncles and cousins I see regularly throughout the year. But I felt a twinge of guilt last week when my 7-year-old commented that he has “cousins I don’t even know.”
He was thinking of some second cousins – the daughters of my cousin, who lives out of state – who had come with their mother to see us just after the baby was born in 2011. It was the first and most recent time he had met my cousin or her daughters; explaining our relationship was so exhausting I didn’t even get into telling him about the rest of that branch of the family tree. There haven’t been any fallings-out or animosity towards one another, we just don’t see each other all that often.
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