Coinciding with the July 2012 Ultimate Blog Challenge, I have decided to also participate in the 30 Day Letter Challenge in which I will write 30 letters to various folks who have touched my life directly as well as inadvertently. The letter for Day Ten is to be written to someone I don’t talk to as often as I’d like to. Today’s letter is dedicated to my cousins.
To my dear cousins “K,” “A,” “L,” and “T”:
Coming from a family in which our fathers were each one of eleven children, we have many cousins. I am thankful to have you four as my closest. You are two pair of siblings, sons and daughters of my daddy’s brothers, and all dear to my heart. After losing Kevin I learned to more fully appreciate my family relationships and am grateful to have you in my life. This letter is to tell you how much you mean to me.
K: It was one of my most cherished moments in life to see you walk down the aisle as a radiant bride during your recent wedding, and I was honored to read for you and celebrate your love with such an amazing man. It is the highlight of my year when we make it out to see you or you make the trek down here for a party. Every time I see you I am struck by how beautiful you have grown up to be. I am proud to have such a lovely, intelligent woman as my cousin. Someday you will have to teach me how to look absolutely stunning in every single photograph like you do. There’s magic there, and I want to master it!
A: I have one question for you. When did you grow up and become a daddy? It doesn’t seem like enough time has passed since the photos of you sitting on my lap on the beach in Mexico as a young boy were taken. The scene where you danced around, all blonde and adorable, singing “Blue Suede Shoes” for anyone who would listen is forever burned in my mind. Now all of a sudden you have beautiful wife and adorable baby boy by your side. You probably don’t remember this, but on the day we went out to spread Kevin’s ashes you were the one to walk with me and say my final goodbye. I am forever grateful for that support. I am so proud of you for following your heart when it comes to your life direction and for being such an amazing man.
L: Thanks to Facebook I am able to keep tabs on your daily life better than ever. It’s a good thing, because I cannot stand that you live so far away! You are an amazing woman with a strong faith and a vast love and I admire your fortitude. With two young boys at home and a military husband’s career you must be pulled in a million directions every day, but I could never guess. You have this amazing ability to lean on your faith to get you through. I love seeing updates about you and your wonderful little family and love vicariously through your adventures. Someday when I have a family of my own I have you to look to as a guide for how to do it right.
T: You and I are the closest in age of all the cousins, but probably the most removed. I don’t get the opportunity to see you as often or to hear about your life. When I am lucky enough to run into you and your precious daughter at a family gathering, I am thrilled to see your easy grin. You’re a wonderful role model for your daughter as a hardworking and honest man. I cannot wait to meet the woman who someday sweeps you off your feet and compliments you in every way.
To all of you I wish happiness and love. I hope that you never forget how special you are and how lucky you are o have each other. I’m looking forward to the next family gathering when I can see your smiling faces and hear all of your news.
All my love,