CousinsWritten by Teresa Clark
It started spontaneously as soon as we announced we were heading out on an
epic journey to visit their cousins, the back seat exploded with a
spontaneous chant, “Cousins! Cousins! Cousins!” Their grandpa and I had
taken on the privilege of tending two of our grandkids for a week and
suddenly decided we wanted to see all of our grandkids together. So we
plopped our charges in the car and headed out on an adventure.
In spite of the six-hour drive that lay ahead anticipation was high. Our grandkids
love each other, there’s no doubt about that. The squeals of joy and
delight that erupted when we arrived were pretty precious.
For three days we sat back and watched with complete satisfaction. Truth
be told, grandma and grandpa pretty much disappeared as soon as the
cousins saw each other. But that’s okay. It’s why we came. Cousins need
each other. They share traditions and family ties and memories that will
last throughout their lives. Sometimes, it’s really good for the adults to
disappear. Sometimes it's really good to just let them be their silly
I’ve got a friend who has caught this vision big time. Every summer she
holds “Cousin Camp.” No parents are invited. The kids are given an
opportunity to plan the days and schedule activities. There are lots of
late night giggles and favorite snacks. Grandma & Grandpa oversee, but the
kids rule the events. She believes, like I believe, that cousins are a
special gift. The tighter the bound formed between cousins - the stronger
the family. When cousins enjoy each other’s company, the parents are more
apt to make the sacrifices necessary to get everyone together. The more memories the cousins share, the more likely they are to have ties as
There are so many ways to build and strengthen family ties. Often we focus
only on the things the adults want to do. Why not give the kids the reins?
Trust me, there’s nothing like the feeling you get when you see them
cluster around one another to say goodbye or hear the chant, “Cousins,
Do you remember a special time with your cousins? Have you seen these kind of moments in your own children and their cousins?
A national award-winning storyteller, historian and author, she is best known for her original works and recollections of life's experiences blended with history. Teresa has presented and performed throughout the United States. Of her, it has been said, "Charming, witty, soulful, and wise, her performances are filled with a compelling sense of wonder and an irresistable zest for life." Her story work involves performance, education, production, and advocacy. From the main stage to individual consultations in living rooms across America, she delights in the excavation and sharing of family story. Most importantly, she is a wife, mother, and grandmother to her favorite playmates and best friends.
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