1. What can you tell us about your cousins, please, or someone who is close like a cousin?
On my dad’s side, I have quite a few cousins. My Uncle Don had four kids, my Aunt Ceil, three, and my Uncle Hal, well, he finally had a kid and Avery is only 8. So anyway, the ones we saw most often were Alan, Adam, Erin and Bethany – Uncle Don’s kids. We lived about 20 minutes from them down south and funny enough, maybe only saw them 3-4 times a year. Aunt Ceil’s kids were in Kentucky so Lisa, Christy and Bobby only showed up on Thanksgiving. All of them are grown and have kids of their own (except Adam; we don’t know what his deal is.) Here are the first four I mentioned, me, and my baby sister.
My mom’s sister never had kids so that was the extent of it. I know I have a lot of 2nd and 3rd cousins out there in Alabama but we never see them.
2. Do you still see your cousins and will you contact them on National Cousins Day?
As mentioned, not too often. The last time I saw any in person was at my grandfather’s funeral in 2007. I have seen my aunt and uncle, though. There’s a reunion coming up and no one seems to be going. We can’t but I did offer to put anyone up on their way through town if need be. We’ll see if anyone takes me up on it.
3. Terri had a favorite aunt and uncle she will tell us about. How about you?
My mom’s sister and her now estranged husband were my favorite as a kid. They lived kind of out in the country and always had fun parties. He’d blow up sticks of dynamite and take us to demolition derbys. They’d go to NASCAR races and always bring me back a shirt.
4. Did/does your family have reunions and can you tell us about them?
We had a lot more Whatley (my old name) reunions back in the day. The two I recall fondly are the one at Busch Gardens and the one in Plant City. I am glad they’re planning one now and I am sorry I can’t go. We already have plans that entire weekend.
5. If you have children, are they enjoying relationships with their cousins, aunts, uncles?
This is a bit of a sore spot for me. My sister and Justin are probably not having kids. I would love for them to but it probably is not in the cards. My brother-in-law’s wife (guess that’d make her my sister-in-law?) is pregnant now with their first so I am super excited for that. Especially because they have already toyed with the idea of moving to Atlanta when the kid is school age. Granted, this will put Elliot at 17 but I mean, they are family so it’ll be nice either way.
6. Tell us something random about your week so far.
When I was a kid, I remember my parents always telling me to be patient. I have never been particularly good at waiting. This week and the ones to follow are really going to test me. I am (un)officially out of here by August 23rd. I will give them my true resignation letter once I get my teaching schedule cemented; I just think that’s good practice. I DO want things to come together smoothly for the fall term even though I leave just before it starts. But that’s the right thing to do, even though this place in general doesn’t deserve that kindness, given how they have treated me.