30 Books in 30 Days: Cousins Edition

five young cousins wearing winter holdiday jammiesToday is Cousins Day!

I have a LOT of cousins.

In case you missed recent posts, in honor of the upcoming fun at Authors After Dark, I’m doing a 30-Books-in-30-Days giveaway. Okay, really it’s so I can pare down my TBR pile. Open internationally, and the book is a mystery–I can only tell you it will be either UF, SF, Fantasy, YA paranormal, or PNR. If you win, you can give me a couple of genres and I’ll match them if I can but I”m a lot heavier on some genres than others. (I don’t have a lot of adult UF, in other words because there just isn’t much coming out anymore.) You can also choose any of my books except PIRATE’S ALLEY.

Today’s question, to be entered for a mystery book, is: how many first cousins do you have? Do you see them often?

I grew up in a small town in northwest Alabama and didn’t have any cousins within shouting distance, but every holiday, my parents would load me and my brother into the car and we’d drive to Birmingham, where everyone would converge for a huge gathering. We’d usually do my mom’s side of the family for lunch and my dad’s side for dinner.

My dad had three brothers and a sister, and I had 11 first-cousins on that side of the family. My mom was one of NINE kids, so I had 20 first-cousins on that side of the family, including five girls (six including me) all within a couple of years in age. It was a zoo! Unfortunately, I don’t see many of them anymore since everyone has scattered and moved to different places.

How about you? Do you have lots of cousins?

33 thoughts on “30 Books in 30 Days: Cousins Edition

  1. Because of distance and sometimes estrangements in the family, I don’t actually know how many first cousins I have. The few that I have personally met are friendly and we try to get together whenever we are near. But they do live in different states.

  2. I have many first cousins, 10 first-cousins from my mom side of the family and 9 first-cousins from my dad side of the family. When I was little I had to see them a lot. Unfortunately, I don’t see many of them anymore, they all scattered around the world.

  3. I have 5 cousins on my mom’s side. I only know of one cousin on my dad’s side since he immigrated from Hungary. Rarely get to see my cousins as they are scattered across the country and one lives in Germany.

  4. Haven’t seen any cousins in years. They are my mom’s cousins but I thought of them as mine. One has my 1950’s baseball cards and comic books that my grandmother gave away when I went into the Navy. Would like to see him once…..

  5. I have 15 first cousins on my mom’s side ( one of my uncles alone has 7 kids lol and my mom has 8 siblings – 6 of which have children ) then I have 11 first cousins on my dad’s side between his 5 siblings – 4 of which had children. So 15 + 11 = 26 first cousins! And if we started counting second cousins Oh My! Lol.

  6. Interesting to hear that I’m not alone in that I have a lot of cousins but I don’t see them often. Back when the population was less mobile (not just in the U.S. but everywhere, I imagine), that wouldn’t have been the case. It’s kind of sad that the extended (and often immediate) family unit has been so displaced but that’s the way it goes. I’ve lived in six states and nine or ten cities. It’s hard to keep up!

  7. I have four first cousins. I keep in touch with two through Facebook or an occasional email. one other I see at least once I year. I haven’t seen or heard from the fourth in at least five or six years.

  8. I have an average amount. I was one of the youngest, so I’m not very close to my older cousins. They were too ‘fisticated for me growing up 🙂

  9. if the count is still right i have 8, and yes i’m not sure because we are not into contact, they are all the childrean of my mother’s younger sister but she chooses to adopt another religion which prevent her to keep contact with us as we are supposely vermin -_- teh last time i saw they were only 4 and i was very little^^
    i ended up slapping the boy ( oldest but 6 month younger than me) because he was mean to his sister and told me ….”Woman shup up”… at 6^^;;; after that they never came again and they refused us entry

  10. I have 15 first cousins on my mothers side and 11 on my fathers. Unfortunately most live in Australia, The Azores and up north so I don’t see them very often but we are trying to organize family reunions for both, so hopefully soon.

  11. I have a total of 24 first cousins. I have contact with a couple of them on facebook, but I always had more of a connection with some of my uncle’s and aunts than with my cousins.

  12. I have 6 first cousins on my mother’s side. Unfortunately we’re not very close. I think a lot of that is due to age disparities. My mom’s brother’s kids are a lot older, her sister’s a lot younger. The one I get along with best lives in Costa Rica and I see maybe once every 2 years.

  13. I have 9 first cousins on my Mother’s side and we get together several times a month plus every holiday and birthday. On my Father’s side I have 3 first cousins and 5 second cousins I thought were first cousins until I was older. 🙂

  14. I have eight first cousins. Unfortunately we don’t see each other very often, because we live in different parts of the country.

  15. I have a lot of cousins too, but I haven’t seen any of them since I was a child. It’s a matter of distance mostly.

  16. I have zero cousins. my mom is an only child and my dad’s brother and sister had no kids. I’ve always somewhat envied people with larger families.

  17. I have five first cousins and have seen them very rarely since I became an adult. When I was growing up, I always thought it would be great to have cousins of around the same age that lived nearby.

  18. I know that there are (at least) two cousins on my father’s side, though I only know one of them personally and we’re not in contact anymore for various reasons.

  19. No cousin on my father’s side. There are 2 on my mom’s side, 1 in London and the other in Vancouver, and they have not been back to this part of the world like forever. Sad, I know.

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