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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Cousin(s) (05/22/08)

TITLE: Someday when I get married!
By Betty Overstreet


I am so sad. You can not imagine how sad a person can be, living without one single, solitary cousin.

As you can clearly see, my life has been empty, devoid of cousin type shenanigans. I have seen the fun others have growing up in normal families with cousins, aunts, uncles and all the clutter that comes along with them. Oh, I have aunts and uncles but they are more selfish than my parents. At least my mom and dad gave me a brother and sister, while their siblings and their spouses decided to live only for each other.

My mother was number ten of ten children and my dad had five older siblings. I guess growing up was so terrible for them in large families that all their siblings must have made a pactówe will not do this to the future generation. Wow, how unfair, how selfish! I guess it also means my aunts and uncles do not like each other, since they donít choose to bring children into the world to love one an other.

If we had cousins, we could get together every Easter and have Easter egg hunts. When we gather at Grandmaís house on Christmas day we could tell each other all about the gifts Santa brought us and play with all the toys together.

If we had cousins, we could all meet up in the mountains and camp under the stars and tell ghost stories when the moon is fullóor when there is no moon at all and it is so dark and scary! The daddies could build a camp fire and the mommies could make símoresóyou know, those graham cracker and marshmallow treats!

OOO life could be so fun if we had cousins. Now donít get me wrong. I donít mean to say we donít have fun. We definitely do. My brother and sister and I do all these things with our parents and sometimes we invite the aunts and uncles on our camp outs but it isnít the same thing. After the aunts and uncles have patted our little heads and said what cute kids we are, they totally ignore us and keep our parents so busy talking that we are left on our own to entertain ourselves. They make us aware we are as unwanted as the children they never had.

You know, on second thought, I am really glad we donít have cousins because they would be very unhappy with parents who donít want kids. Can you imagine such a life? Man, I am so happy that our parents wanted to have children and from now on I am not going to feel sorry for myself. We will just find some really good friends and be very happy that their parents wanted kids so we have someone to play with.

And someday when I grow up I will look for a wonderful person to marry who thinks the most terrific thing in the world would be to have children with me. Oh, yes, I will also make sure that person has siblings who are normal and want to have children, too. Then my children will be sure to have cousins!

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Verna Cole Mitchell 05/29/08
Such a delightful "child," you presented. I hope he/she gets all the children and cousins he/she desires. You did show the joy that could be with cousins.
Lollie Hofer06/03/08
I like the young voice you used for this piece. Perspective is everything. You did a good job showing this from a young person's point of view.