Summers are great for BBQs, weddings, and all sorts of fun family happenings. If you’re fortunate, there are a few attendees your own age, and/or some you’ve “known forever.”
Whatever your stage in life, often those you shared a childhood with have formed a familiar …
COUSINAGE (kuzʹɘn ij) n. – the state or condition of being a cousin, the relationship between cousins, kinship; 2) a group of cousins or of relatives. 
Not all are lucky to enjoy the closeness of family, whether a mile or a thousand miles away. I thank our family values for the bond between cousins by birth, who are best friends by the grace of our cousinage.
Like me, everyone should have at least one cousin whose closeness qualifies as a pseudo-brother or sister. If you’re not so blessed, take heart …
They say we can’t choose our family … I beg to differ! “Cousin Brucie”* Morrow of New York City’s pioneering radio broadcasting fame, created an enviable cousinage with his fans that endured endearingly for more than fifty years. (*Read his story in Books 1 & 2 of Blast from Your Past!: Rock & Roll Radio DJs 1954-1959 and The Swinging Sixties.)
It’s comforting when some of our friends are accepted into a close cousinage, as well. I am honored that three of my best friends have stuck around to listen to me whine and carry on dramatically, through an extraordinary number of years; well beyond the scope of many family members. Cheers to finding family in your friends.
Word Challenge: COUSINAGE. Whether biological or chosen, our kooky and comforting extended cousinage make life worth the effort. Let them know how much it means to you as you fit cousinage into your week of familial writings.
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LinDee Rochelle is a writer and editor by trade, and an author by way of Rock & Roll. She has published two books (of three) in her series, available on Amazon (eBook and print): Book 1 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: ; and Book 2 – Rock & Roll Radio DJs: . Coming soon, … The Psychedelic Seventies!