You probably believe that family bonds, themselves, are something in common, and I’d like to believe that, too, but in our family, those bonds never took, for whatever reason. And believe me, I’ve speculated plenty about the reason.
As someone close to our family said the other day, “There are so many issues within the C— family that it makes you wonder.”
His engaging wife’s a senior exec at a big company that has a household name. They’re both accomplished and smart, fun and funny, grounded and real. I don’t know when I’ve laughed as hard or been so delighted by a conversation.
As they talked, I felt a little spark of recognition. And then I saw it in his eyes, too. I started to smile, and then grinned. So did he. Could it be? Could we have actually found ourselves kindred spirits within our family? And why hadn’t we seen this before?
He is, after all, found family, and it’s all the richer for having rediscovered him and his wife later in life.
It taught me that I have family. A loving, supportive husband, his brother, whom I adore and a cadre of girlfriends I consider family. My sister-in-love is there for me–and OMG how her older sister and I have connected! and my nephew is a joy. I have a warm mother-figure in my life, too, so I’m lucky, indeed.
But this trip also gave me my cousin and that was a gift I’ll treasure from this day forward. ♥
|Handsome Uncle Joe the former zoot-suiter, Cousin, and me and my laugh lines.
This photo just says it all. Sheer delight.