Wow! I’ve Got Kin!

HANGING JEANSI traveled from California to Jackson, Michigan to celebrate my sweet Aunt’s 93rd birthday! While there, I had the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of cousins whom I had never met before.

What a shame to let years go by and never really get to know your kin. What a blessing to figure it out before it’s too late! Unfortunately, my father, who was born in Michigan, settled in California and for some reason, we never traveled back east to visit our relatives. Perhaps Dad and Mom couldn’t afford it. I know for a fact that he adored his siblings and corresponded with them throughout his life.

The cool thing about kin is that there is no “ice-breaker” necessary. You show up out of nowhere. You don’t have to explain your history; at least not yet, anyway. You smile and hug. No security check. No X-ray machine to walk through first. There is an immediate, inexplicable bond. You look alike. You talk alike. You find out that you share many things in common. The next thing you know, you’re eating birthday cake together, celebrating the life of an aunt whom you all adore…


and making friends with your cousin’s dog who took to you like sliced bread!


Don’t wait. Life is so short! Life is so precious!




About susansplace

Widowed in 2012, I am a mother and grandmother. Born in San Francisco, I now live in the town I grew up in: Mill Valley, California. I love nature photography. Just an amateur but that's OK! My goal: world peace. Got any ideas?
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5 Responses to Wow! I’ve Got Kin!

  1. Lynn says:

    What a nice surprise you must have been to all the kin who hadn’t met YOU yet! I bet they feel the same way, and the important thing is that you went ahead and made the trip and now have the wonderful memories of it. Also thinking of and praying for you as you celebrated your beloved Walt’s birthday in your heart.

  2. susiebell123 says:

    Thank you, Lynn, for remembering Walt’s birthday! These “firsts” are always so hard. I’m hoping God remembered that his favorite cake wasn’t cake: it was a lemon meringue pie! But then, God probably knew that before I did!

  3. Bevy Swain says:

    Thank you, Sue, for another GREAT, TRUE STORY !!!!

  4. susiebell123 says:

    You’re welcome, Bev! What makes you think it’s true? I coulda made the whole thing up!….. But I didn’t!

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