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The relativity of relatives has changed over the last forty years, or perhaps even longer ago than that.
What I'm trying to verbalize is the fact that since the fluidity of society has increased, cousins no longer necessarily grow up in the same town, city, or even state.
They no longer have that closeness of seeing each other more often than one week out of the year, or perhaps not even that much.
Close family members ( brothers and sisters) move to other places because of work demands. I have cousins that I was once close to, both in proximity and activities. Not so much any more..
(And some of them have passed on through the years) Some I haven't laid eyes on in years; don't even know if they are still living, in fact.
I still love them, but what can we talk about other than "Old Times", and reminisce about who married who, and was that five kids they had or was it six...
If it were not for " Social media " even the amount of staying in touch that we do now, would be lost to many.
In the final analysis, it's all relative, isn't it?