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We are all cousins: An important call from one



2014-08-25 - Photo by Mema, Linda Waggener. We got an important call last night from Hailey with the dancing eyes and now, dancing feet. She was excited, her mother told us, about an outing to the lake with her brothers 'Mem and Evan - 'Mem is still Haileyspeak for Graham. She was so excited that she told her mother, "I've got to call Mema and Granddad - my cousins," and we can only surmise that she's been listening to all the talk of universal kinship - "Everyone is everyone else's umpteenth cousin" - on NPR so much lately. Not bad for a lass of her age. When I was growing up, everyone out to third, fourth, and moreth cousinship were referred to as Cousin followed by their full name, as in "Cuddin Ralph Willis, etc., etc. Beyond that kinship, the bestowal of "Cousin," or "Cuz," or "Cuddin" added warmth and affection to any relationship. The reflection in the doorway is of another of Hailey's special "Cousin" - Great Mema Geniece Marcum, the big hand that of her Dad. - Granddad, Ed Waggener.
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