I went out to Illinois this weekend for a family gathering, and had the awesome opportunity to take my gorgeous cousin’s senior pictures! She sure has grown up… but haven’t we all?
My oldest cousin is married with a beautiful little girl, another cousin has two young boys who are growing up much faster than I can keep track of. One cousin is engaged, and a few more aren’t too far off. My brother is now always absent from gatherings, serving in the United States Marine Corps. All but three of the cousins are out of high school, and after this year there will only be one left! Even college is a thing of the past for the majority now.
Our conversations have changed from toys and playdates, to sports and activities, to work and significant others. We laugh about old jokes from the past, tease each other, and eat copious amounts of delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Growing up is a strange thing. The thanksgiving ‘Kids Table’ is now the place to be, though none of us are really kids anymore. We all forget how old everyone else is. Sometimes we forget how old we are, and we laugh.
I rarely get out to see my family, because of the constraints of work, school, and other commitments. It was definitely refreshing to be able to catch up with everyone.
Now, back to the senior photos! Isn’t she beautiful?