Today's theme is COUSINS!
I was, and still am, quite lucky in this department. On my Mom's side I had 22 of them, and most are more like siblings to me.
My maternal Grandparents lived in a HOTEL! In about 1962 they bought this business, and in 1967 moved to town. A beautiful old mansion built in 1912. They rented rooms, and served a giant lunch everyday in that dining room. Mostly to area farmers in their small town. I'm sitting on the table.
Cousins on my Dad's side. I'm in front - my Dad is holding me. I never knew my Grandpa, he died shortly after this gathering. He had lung cancer due to black lung and asbestos from years in coal mines and plumbing jobs. I look a lot like my Grandma, in the back. The little old lady was my great-grandma Peggy. She immigrated to America from Sweden, alone, at age 16.
Above is one time we got almost all of us in one photo, probably about 1975.
A motely crew in Grandma's dining room.
Again at The Hotel. What an amazingly large and wonderful place for a huge family to gather. Here we are in the lobby at the snack bar.
Present day cousins. We still have a great time.
My kids love their cousin time too. They don't 22 of them, but with all the noise and mess they make it FEELS like 22. They have 6 on one side, and 3 on the other.