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  • Dora Weithers 3 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Thanks OhMe. Hope the cousin enjoys it too.

  • Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years agofrom Pendleton, SC

    I loved this and will share with a very special cousin! Thanks.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Kackie, where there's life, there's hope. Your cousins may right now be praying for a re-connection. All the best!

  • Jackie Lynnley 4 years agofrom The Beautiful South

    Wow I never understood cousins at all! Thanks. I had some really close ones as a child but now it has been forever. Such a shame. ^

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Tamarajo, cousin relationships can be complicated. Glad you understand it better now. Thank you for your input. All the best to you and your cousins going forward!

  • Tamarajo 4 years ago

    It's true that I have a cousin that is more like a sister to me and closer to me than either of my brothers. We closely bonded because our mothers lived together for awhile during a trying time in their lives and we were very close in age.

    I appreciated all the info on how cousins are counted as in first cousin once removed. I never really understood how that worked. Your explanation made it very clear. I just always called my cousins kids my second cousins which I see would be incorrect.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Nell, sorry about your parents not getting along. It would be great if the cousins bumped into each other, and decided to get along, anyway. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    My Cook book, you're very welcome. Hope you also have some cousins to enjoy. Thanks for commenting.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Crafty, happy for you and the one special cousin. Wish you could find some of the others on Facebook or some other similar way. However, enjoy what you have. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dil Vil 4 years agofrom India

    Wow an informative and well written hub. Thank you for the good hub.

  • Nell Rose 4 years agofrom England

    I have second cousins that we never see due to our parents never getting on which is really sad, and reading how many you have in your family is amazing! it must be lovely!

  • CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

    I was fortunate growing up to have a lot of cousins. As I got older, the family started separating. Relationships were lost. I do have one cousin that has been there when I needed help. When I was having surgery, she helped me with the children on multiple occasions. I truly appreciate her. She has two children around the ages of mine, so we often get together for play dates.

    Thank you for such an important Hub.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    RTalloni, you're right. Family relationships are still super-important. These kinds of relationships can offer some of the support we need to maintain our mental and emotional balance. Thank you for your input.

  • RTalloni 4 years agofrom the short journey

    In this social climate it is refreshing to read about the importance of maintaining good relationships with cousins. The mockery of the family that is so popular today feeds hideous arrogance and is extremely ignorant. A reminder that it is important to maintain relationships with family members is a good thing for everyone!

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Vibesites, you are indeed quite lucky, and I'm happy for you. Cousins rock! Also glad that you understand how to label the relationship; took me awhile too.

  • vibesites 4 years agofrom United States

    LOL I always thought that my first cousins' children are *my* second cousins. So they're actually my first cousins once removed. Now I finally understand!

    I see my cousins as my half-sibling and half-friend. There are certain things that you can do with and say (or confess) to your cousin that you can't do to your siblings and friends. I'm quite lucky for having such good cousins. :)

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Happy for you, LyricWriter, that you enjoyed your cousins in your earlier years. Life happens and we get separated, but only physically. Thank you or sharing.

  • Richard Ricky Hale 4 years agofrom West Virginia

    Very cool article MsDora. My cousins were very important growing up and even today. I never see any of them anymore, but I'd be there in a flash if they needed me. Such an interesting article and perspective, A+ quality. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Torrilynn, thank you for your comment. For some of us, cousins are everything; if not for you, then I'm sure there are others in your support system. The different scenarios make life interesting!

  • torrilynn 4 years ago

    I would have never though how a cousin can play an important role in someone's life. Thanks for the read. Voted up.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Marie, you're ahead of many of us. We're just learning what "cousin removed" means. I certainly understand your connection with that male cousin. We wonder how anyone could not see what a special person our cousin is. Thank you for your contribution.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    DDE, yes cousins do look alike, and I have two in particular, one younger and one older, who shared a similar resemblance. I don't know if we still do, after so many years. Thanks for your input.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Frank, glad you had the happy experience of cousins. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Venki, very pleased to meet you here on HP. Thank you for your comment.

  • Marie Flint 4 years agofrom Jacksonville, Florida USA

    My mother-in-law explained the "cousin-once-removed" concept to me. I haven't forgotten it since. She passed away in 1991.

    Cousins in my family don't fulfill quite the same roles as yours, but you were an only child, so a cousin is more special for you than for me. I always enjoyed their company when visiting. One male cousin, slightly older than I, was my favorite. I myself expressed some defense of him when I learned of his divorce (his wife filed). "What?" I said in disbelief. "He is a good man!" Funny I should react that way because it was really none of my business. I still remember our crab apple fights in the back yard. We enjoyed those.

    Yes, cousins provide a certain familial tie that helps put things into perspective.

    Thank you for sharing. ***

  • Devika Primić 4 years agofrom Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Roles That Make Cousins Special has lovely photos of resemblances especially the one with Whitney Houston and Dion Warwick. I have many cousins and we do share a resemblance of something special

  • Frank Atanacio 4 years agofrom Shelton

    Msdora you come up with different topics.. amazing, amusing and entertaining. This one is no exception.. yeah at grandma's when we were young is when we first met cousins.. bless your family

  • Venkat 4 years agofrom Chennai

    A family with more children may have more cousins in future for their children. Nowadays, it is very rare to happen like that. Thanks for your hub.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Flourish, the numbers on those second cousins surely multiply. Happy for your daughter! Your family is blessed to have cousins living close and attending the same school. Enjoy it and appreciate it. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Thank you, Faith. Cousins are a rich topic whether we talk or write about them. Even better when we talk with them or write to them. Sometimes, it takes a wedding or funeral, or some other family function to bring cousins together.

  • FlourishAnyway 4 years agofrom USA

    My daughter is an only child but is lucky to have 12 first cousins and more second cousins than we can count. She even goes to school and is in the same class with some of them, so it is extra special. Cousins are wonderful to have, especially when you live close.

  • Faith Reaper 4 years agofrom southern USA

    Interesting choice for a topic of a hub. If one's cousins live nearby, it is all the more better for that wonderful family togetherness. My cousins do not live nearby and we are spread out everywhere. I would have loved to have gotten to know my cousins much better.

    Up and more and sharing

    Blessings, Faith Reaper

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Tireless, I am impressed that you know the actual count of your cousins. I've counted mine too. Reconnecting is also a fulfilling experience. Thank you for your input.

  • Judy Specht 4 years agofrom California

    Splendid hub. Delighted you figured how to get this featured. I have cousins I have never met. and cousins that we can hang out with and talk forever. We just reconnected with a cousin we haven't seen since 1978. We had lots to catch up to do. Cousins are the best. I only have 30.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Sheila, from the basic definition in the article, you have to literally count to determine how far removed the cousins are. It would be fun to draw up your chart. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Jan, I'm also grateful to learn and understand the levels of cousin hood. The cousins are all special, but it's great to be able to label them correctly. Thank you for your comment.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Ron, a cousin no matter how the relationship is caused is special. Thank you for your input.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Doc, glad you had a taste of the cousin experience, no matter how small. God is good in that He compensated you with great friends. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Denise, thank you for sharing. Time spent at Grandma's house was always precious and memorable. Also happy about your son's experience which is similar to mine.

  • sheilamyers 4 years ago

    Some of my first cousins match your description and a few others don't. There are five of us who are within three years of age of each other. We five were almost like brothers and sisters when we got together. The younger three cousins are between 10 and 15 years younger and, at times, were almost like out own kids. Even though we don't keep in touch as often, we're all still very close friends.

    And then there are the "cousins" who I'd need a much more complicated chart in order to tell you what number they are and how many times removed. I've met them at family reunions and, not surprising in this day and age, through social networking sites. You're so right in saying these are the cousins who can often help us learn our family history. I've learned so much about my family through these newly discovered cousins.

  • Janis Leslie Evans 4 years agofrom Washington, DC

    Very interesting and original article, MsDora. Thnaks for sharing and clarifying the levels of cousinhood. I was blessed with many first cousins with whom I remain in contact. Up and interesting.

  • Ronald E Franklin 4 years agofrom Mechanicsburg, PA

    You remind me of how great my cousins have been in my life. I never had siblings, but had a close substitute in a cousin who lived with my mom and me when I was growing up. And when I got married, it was my cousins who traveled hundreds of miles to come to the wedding. So, thanks, MsDora, for helping me appreciate my cousins.

  • Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 4 years agofrom Texas, USA

    Such an interesting article, MsDora. Enjoyed reading it, and as I did, I tried thinking back on my own "cousin" experiences. My mother had me and five of my siblings later in life, so most of our first cousins are nearly a generation older than we are. That knocked out the "cousin experience" for us with them, in many ways. The cousins that are closer to our age lived far away, so we didn't really grow up together either. Although I'm close to a few cousins, here and there, I have made lifelong friends that I'm much closer to than most of my cousins. Still, I enjoyed your article and the reflections it inspired.

  • Denise W Anderson 4 years agofrom Bismarck, North Dakota

    I have many fond memories of gatherings at my grandmother's house and time spent with my cousins. My own children have also had similar experiences. My only son had many brothers because of the close relationships he had with his cousins.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Eric, that must have been a great experience growing up with cousins. Great thing your parents did! Thank you for sharing.

  • Eric Dierker 4 years agofrom Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Mom and dad were only surviving children. So we got to adopt our cousins and that was very cool. Now my children are very close with their cousins. I like it.

    Thanks for a great hub.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Bill, glad to conjure up those cousin memories. Having no siblings, my cousins are about all the childhood memories I have. Thanks for your comment.

  • Dora Weithers 4 years agofrom The Caribbean

    Lifegate, I finally understood the "cousin thing" too, while preparing this article. So happy to find someone else who didn't understand it; happier that you now do. Thank you for sharing.

  • Bill Holland 4 years agofrom Olympia, WA

    Interesting topic, Dora, one I have not seen before and that alone makes it unique here at HP. Well done. I was thinking about my cousins who I haven't seen for decades. :) Thanks for the memories.

  • William Kovacic 4 years agofrom Pleasant Gap, PA

    Hi MsDora,

    I always thought the cousin thing was confusing what with first and second; removed this removed tha,. but your chart is so clear I finally get it. I never thought much about all that cousins are to each other except that they are family, but again you make it very plain about relationships of cousins. I have some cousins I wouldn't trade for the world. Thanks for this interesting hub.