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Old 08.07.2011, 01:05
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Odd feeling - "new" cousin.

So, along with other stuff going on over the weekend, I've had some strange experience come up.

20+ years ago, my auntie was pregnant. She was heavy enough (similar size to me) that no one realized that she was pregnant until she called my grandmother from the hospital to tell that she'd given birth and the baby was going to be adopted.

It turned out that the family adopting my cousin were some folks who were known to my grandparents. My grandmother has kept in touch with them all these years, keeping up with my cousin's life, but I think leaving it until the adoptive parents felt she was old enough for the news.


On to the strange for me part...
This weekend, I got a message on Facebook from my cousin. I think she's reached out to a few family members, including my grandparents and her natural mother as well as another cousin with whom I've been in contact with over the last few years, so, through this, she figured out who I was and our relationship.

She's kept me up late the last few nights, chatting and talking. It's fabulous but still, it's strange. I am getting anxious and excited though, I'd really love to go meet her "someday soon"...

My "new" cousin has a young son, a similar age to my baby sister's youngest son and they live in the same area of the US but she'd rather talk to me than to my sis (who also is closer to her age). I just figure that it's because I AM so far away and I AM so much older, she can forge this new relationship at a pace she can set a bit easier... she knows I am not likely to simply show up on her doorstep.


Anyhow, warms my heart and I thought I'd share.
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Old 08.07.2011, 01:13
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Re: Odd feeling - "new" cousin.



Enjoy the moment, it's definitely nice to reach out to new family members, i have a cousin that we keep chatting on facebook, we totally enjoy it and we never even met in 35 years
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Old 08.07.2011, 03:07
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Re: Odd feeling - "new" cousin.

Oh. That's sounds nice. You're probably right. It's easier to talk to you because you are distant. Face to face could be a bit tough at first. I hope you are all able to be friends and share.

And, if you want, I can send you a couple of my cousins too. But I don't want them back.
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Old 08.07.2011, 07:01
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Re: Odd feeling - "new" cousin.

this is so nice

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Old 08.07.2011, 07:28
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Re: Odd feeling - "new" cousin.

exciting. enjoy the new relationship. i know many people who consider their cousins to be closer to them than their siblings. perhaps something really special will develop between you
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Re: Odd feeling - "new" cousin.

How exciting to find a new family member.

My MIL had a sister who met a GI in the war and went off to Tennessee aged 17.
Sadly when my MIL died she had never seen her sister since and in the US she had a large family who never knew their UK family.
A few years ago Mr S and I decided to make the trip to the deep South to visit his aunt and her family.
We were so nervous as we all flew in and at Knoxville where we landed we were greeted by about 60 people all carrying banners to welcome us!!
It was very emotional for everyone and the strange thing is that one of her sons and Mr S were sooooo alike that they could have been twins not cousins.
Great to read your story..
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