The Official Writing Challenge
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The cousin confusion in your first paragraph is great "first cousins are also second cousins or cousins once removed." Your family is huge! I love the "suddenly not everyone was a relative" and the "kissing cousin" comment. :) Great title for this and perfect ending lesson for this cousin piece!
I really liked this. I grew up not knowing any cousins and never knew I'd missed anything until as an adult I moved to a small town where everyone is related, where everyone is family. I had one student I tutored who was really into genealogy. We used to play a game where I picked a random name from the phone book and she would draw a chart showing her relationship to that person. She rarely failed. Thanks for stimulating some great memories.
Wow! I do believe you're related to half the east coast! I thought I had alot of cousins - but you take the cake! Nice job and interesting read; and keep scoring - writing-wise! (*.*)!

(I'm grateful for your encouraging comment about my being "very important dust"...because Jesus died for me. ) Many Thanks!