Warm thoughts. We used to have Summer family reunions. The two little girls in the front are myself (holding my white shoe) and my 2nd cousin (who I just refer to as my cousin as she is only 1 year older than me).
My cousin Shirley and I are quite close. We played "can-can" girls with our crinolines at Christmastime at Grandma's, while cousin Jeff hid and giggled at us! We kept in touch through letters and compared boyfriends and losing our virginity (yes, I know). When I was quite ill and at University Hospital, she came to visit and cleaned the tub so I could have a bath! (it was an old hospital and understaffed). I stayed and visited her at her apartment as a young adult. We had a girls night out and I remember dancing to "Wipe Out!" (remember that?). That was when we could shimmy and shake!
I stood up for her first wedding and met her second husband at a funeral. (First husband went through his mid life thing and they are now friendly and share a married daughter).
Somehow during our early married life, we lost touch. Her husband went to the seminary. (He died at a young age) I was involved with my little family.
Then, as life goes on, I saw her mom at another funeral and she gave me Shirley's phone number. She now lived in Naples, Florida! I called and it had been like no time had ever passed! I have been to Florida several times to visit (I love to see her and also the warm weather!).
She is coming to Wisconsin and meeting up with me the first weekend in May for a Stamping/Scrapbooking convention! I can't wait to see her!
We share our love of God and of scrapbooking! (and good soup)