Drove to Walton NY last Sunday for my cousin Katharines’ funeral. She was the first of my cousins to pass, and she will be missed. Katharines’ sisters and brother where their, along with 2 of my other cousins. The though of never being able to get all of my cousins together is very sad.
Here is one of the last pictures of all my cousins, my sister and me together from around 1991. My Aunt and Uncle had a house in Walton, and we used to all gather there once and a while back in the days. But as time passed, everybody started to go their separate ways. I am grateful to have gotten to see all my cousins here and there over the years, but it would have been nice to see them more often.
Reflecting on my drive home, I thought how it was almost like 3 separate lives between when I was young and everybody would get together for Holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving), when we had some family reunions in Walton and the New Jersey Shore), and now when everybody is grown up and has families of there own. I have always tried to keep up with what was going on in mt cousins lives, but hearing things from my Mom, or my sister is not the same as actually getting together face to face.
We did leave the funeral with talks of having a cousins reunion this summer, and hopefully we can work out a time and place. I will do my best to make sure this happens as the one thing that continues on is time and I don’t want to look back and say we should have gotten together.
Katharine – You were a great cousin, a great mother, and an all around great person and you will be missed.