I'm closer to my cousins than most people and this is something I wouldn't trade. My mom raised her sister after their mother died. What was an awful loss for them became a gain for me, in a way, because it has made my aunt more like a second mother to me. I even grew up calling her Mom Mary:)
My Aunt and Uncle are such cool people and they've raised some cool people too. I got to relive some of these favorite memories today for about an hour on a beautiful hike in Colorado, driving around sightseeing all together in the car, and laughing at lunch with some of my favorite people in the world.
I am such an incredibly lucky girl.