We are fortunate to live close to every member of our extended family.
My father-in-law has 16 grandchildren, and this means plenty of cousins to go around, even in our house, where I am an only child and have no cousins to offer the monkeys.
The cousins range from Tiny, at 23 months, to my oldest nephew who is 21.
The bulk of the kids fall in the range from 6-13.
And these kids really enjoy each other.
Yes, they can bicker like sisters and brothers at times, but when they are together, they just come up with a thousand things to do and create and play.
Even when they are not together.
Quite of few of them have iPods, and there are group chats and FaceTime and all kinds of other things going on.
They are making movies and trailers and playing word games and apps and are just always plugged in to what the others are doing.
For those without iPods, there is still computer FaceTiming and general checking in with each other.
It’s a strange thing for me, as I had no cousins growing up, and my second cousins were all older and lived far away.
I had a sense of family, but it had a different meaning, I think, than how they view family.
I hope they never lose it, and I hope they always realize just how very fortunate they all are to have each other.