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Memories Captured: Cousins and Chinese New Year

Posted Feb 11 2013 12:20pm
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I have a lot of cousins. First cousins and second cousins and fake cousins (i.e. children of close family friends) and real cousins. Weekends were full of family get-togethers. Our parents would eat and drink and play mah-jong upstairs while the kids played and ran wild in the basement. We literally grew up together. Those are some of my best memories of my childhood.

Cousins reunited

Living in New York City, my kids don’t have the same kinds of get-togethers with their cousins. My brother and sister and their families all live in California. While we do see each other once or twice a year, it’s not the same as weekly gatherings. Sometimes I wonder if my kids are missing out.

This weekend, we traveled to California to celebrate Chinese New Year. Sharing my Chinese culture and heritage has always been hard for me so being around family who can share the traditions and stores is all the more important to me. My mom can explain the importance of red envelopes and why we eat certain foods on the holiday like egg rolls and rice cakes and shrimp and green vegetables. The cousins can sing Chinese songs and dance for the kids.

Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

Chinese New Year Dinner

Chinese New Year Dinner

cousins Chinese New Year Dinner

The kids obviously love each other so much and are so excited to play with each other. Now that they are getting older, it’s fascinating to watch their relationships develop. They run around like a little pack, feeding off each other’s energy until it spirals into craziness – just how I remember it being with my cousins.

Biking on the Embarcadero

Scootering on the Embarcadero

Chinese New Year brunch

Chinese New Year brunch – cousins keeping themselves busy with books and iPhones.

 

I can’t wait to continue to watch their relationships grow and develop.

Did you grow up with a big family? Are your kids?

{Linking up with Alison and Galit for Memories Captured. PS – This is the last Memories Captured link-up for a little bit so you should go and link-up your post. I’ve loved sharing my memories and reading about yours.}

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