Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cousins Give You Courage

After spending the morning at Adventureland this week in Farmingdale, NY I am reminded how even as kids we feed off each other's strengths. It was my middle daughter's 10th birthday and 5 adults took 11 kids for a few hours of fun and frivolity. The kids ranged in ages from 6 to 15. All of them cousins to our kids. We live all over the east coast so moments like these when we are all together are a rarity. They make everything feel right. Growing up my cousins (17 first cousins in total & there is a chance I am forgetting 1 or 2) and I had so many adventures together. They were and are some of my very best friends in the world. So, to watch my kids delight and glow in the bond of the relationships that they share with their cousins really proves blood is thicker than water.
Back to the adventures of Adventureland, sometimes all it takes to get on the biggest roller coaster you have ever ridden is a cousin saying, "would you ride with me I don't have a partner". Which is exactly what happened to my 7yr old son. He hesitated for a moment then said, "sure". They jumped on line together both excited and nervous. Within a few minutes my son came running off the line saying he had to go to the bathroom. I told him I still had to wait for the other kids to finish the ride then we could go. I then asked him who his cousin was riding with? Did he have a partner? Grayson then said, "oh, okay I'll do it". I saw his blonde little head run to the front of the line. He made it just in the nick of time. His cousin was sitting in the car all by himself. He jumped in with him and the next thing I see is two brave little blonde boys in the last car of The Hurricane bouncing all over the place & screaming their heads off. They came off laughing and so proud that they did it. Sometimes all you need to gather enough courage is someone saying "will you be my partner?".
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