I was reading a blog entry from a friend that got me thinking how important family really is. This blog that I read was about the praise and appreciation of a sister. Got me thinking of how all of us have certain people in our families that make such an impact in our lives. Now I don't have any siblings, so I'm not familiar on that kind of relationship, but I do have 2 cousins that are very close to me. So close that I know my life would be incomplete w/o them. So in a way, they are my fill in sister and brother.
Now these two people are complete opposites. One I was raised with and the other I would see from time to time growing up but still remained special for some reason. The first is my cousin Jesse (JJ) for short. He is 10 months older than me and has always been the big brother I never had. He's in the military and just recently came back fr a 6 month tour in Spain. The 2nd is my cousin Sandra. She too is older than me and is a spitting image of my mother.
It was when I lost my mother, that I realized how important they were to me and how much I needed them. In the traditional sense, members of both sides of my family were by my side, but I found that I really didn't care. All I wanted (aside fr my dad and closet uncle) were my two cousins. That's all that mattered. When they finally arrived, everything started to feel like it was gonna be OK. These two individuals hold a special place in my heart. I love them so much that I would do anything in my power for them.
I have become even closer to my cousins now and talk to them on a daily basis. Funny thing....For some reason even though I didn't see my cousin Sandra that much growing up, she always was special to me. And I finally realized why. As I mentioned, she is the spitting image of my mom and no surprise inherited alot of my mother's character. People always said that she could have passed as my mom's daughter. Sandra reminds me of my mom so much! I see so much of my mom in her. I like to think that my mom lives through her, which means that she will always be with me. Sounds funny but that brings me comfort.
Anyway, so in conclusion family is important. We shouldn't take them for granted, especially the one's that mean the most to us. Sandra, JJ this post is dedicated to you both. I have no idea how I would have survived these past few months w/o you!