Today is National Cousin Appreciation Day!
“Cousins are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.” – Ed Cunningham
I am grateful for all of my wonderful cousins.
As an only child, I longed for family playmates during my childhood. I was raised in the Washington, DC area, hundreds of miles away from my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Holiday trips to stay with out-of-town relatives always brought me great joy – especially for the fun times spent with my cousins.
After graduating from college, I relocated to the Boston area, mainly to live closer to these treasured extended family members. I am celebrating the 21st anniversary of my move to this place I call home, which is one of the best life choices I ever made.
Over the past few years, several key people in my life including both parents and a few dear cousins have passed away (one unexpectedly). I had the privilege of providing caregiving support to many of them. With my loving cousins close by to lend shoulders to cry on, yummy meals to feast on, and encouraging words to cheer me forward, I am filled with determination, gratitude, and strength to experience all that life has to offer.
My essay above was published in The Gratitude Book Project – 2014 Edition and is showcased today. You can learn more about The Gratitude Book Project here.
Practice Tip: Take a moment and share gratitude with the special cousins in your life. If you do not have a special cousin, take a moment to recognize another special friend or family member. Gratitude raises energy and warms the soul.