Growing up, I don't think I realized the important roles that my cousins played in my life. We saw each other at our grandmother's house and played doctor and school while our parents drank cocktails downstairs, but I had no idea they would become some of my best friends. Now as a parent and aunt, I am starting to enjoy the perks of my extended family and hoping to pass the same familial connections onto my lil one.
While visiting home this week, my daughter played with her cousins and second cousins nearly every day. She knew their names and faces from pictures on our refrigerator door, but this trip provided her the rare opportunity to have a tea party with my sister's daughters and chow down with her second cousins over meals. This morning, they sat next to each other in their high chairs and gave each other high fives while noshing on donuts. Having playmates back in San Francisco is a treasure. Having cousins close in age is a blessing.