You may have noticed that a lot of my posts have mentioned my cousins. When I married my husband, at one point I mentioned that I had over 100 cousins and he thought I was exaggerating to make a point. Six years later, he is still surprised when mention of yet another cousin comes up.
My mother is Irish Catholic and my father is Russian Jew. I have over 100 cousins. I have 18 first cousins alone, and when you add in all the seconds and thirds and second cousins twice removed and realize that we are all pretty close, I don’t think 100 even covers it.
So that is my way of saying that in the course of reading this blog, you will read about a lot of cousins. The book, Happiness as a Second Language, only refers to one or two, as that is an instructional guidebook — a textbook on learning to be happy — but in writing every day about what makes me happy, of course my cousins will make frequent appearances.
The latest is my cousin Rob (a second cousin, for those keeping track – his dad and my dad are first cousins). Upon looking at the calories, sodium and sugar in Girlscout Cookies, and how little his daughter’s troop got from each box sold (60 cents), he immediately launched GardenScouts.org – an organization dedicated to finding healthy alternatives for scout troops that don’t want to sell cookies. I love that men like this exist in the world, and am particularly happy to be related to one of them. Good job, Rob! Thanks for the happiness.
And if any other cousins are reading this, feel free to say Hi, and help me prove you exist. Love you lots! — Valerie