For The Cousins In Your Life Who Are SO Much More Than Relatives

For The Cousins In Your Life Who Are SO Much More Than Relatives

I couldn't imagine life without my insane, but loving, cousins.

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To my cousins,

Let me start off by saying I love you. I couldn't imagine my life without you, and I never want to. I can remember the day most of you were born, I remember holding you for the first time. You are the sisters I never had and the extra little brother I always secretly wanted. I find that all my favorite childhood memories include all of us, together during Christmas time. I remember all of us running around and eating all the food before the party even started, and I remember all of us getting sick because we ate so much.

In my mind, you are more than just cousins. You are my right hand, my shoulder to cry on, my ride or die. I remember talking about my first breakup with all of you, I was genuinely scared for that boy's life. So, to the next boy that breaks my heart, all I have to say is good luck. Thank you for being there for me when I need you the most and thank you for letting me be there for you. Thank you for standing by my side, even when I was wrong; and just know that I will always stand by you.

Nothing makes me happier than when we are all together. You make family functions fun, even when they should probably be serious. You always know how to make someone laugh, and none of you ever fail to light up the room. Even when I am mad at you, you always find a way to make me smile. Thank you for telling me the truth, even when it hurts. I know I am not perfect, yet somehow you always see the best in me.

Because of you, I can take the mistakes I make and turn them into advice for you. Knowing that you look up to me makes me want to be the best person I can be, and just know that even though you are younger I also look up to all of you.

Thank you for wanting me. We might be forced to be family, but we chose to be friends. From when you were only an hour away to now when you are over 300 miles away, we have managed to not only stay close but somehow we have become closer. The love we have for each other is so much more than just 'family' love, it is a love we chose to have. It's the trust and respect we have for each other that keeps us so close when we are so far away.

Thank you for being so much more than just my cousins, thank you for being the people I trust the most, thank you for being my best friends.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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There's No Bond Quite Like A Cousinly Bond

Growing up with cousins makes holidays, birthdays, and everyday life more of an adventure.

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I am one of the lucky ones to have cousins on both sides of my family. On my dad's side, I have cousins that are older, as well as the same age as me. They went through everything before I did. When I was a little kid, I always felt like they could do no wrong. My cousin, Kadie, would pick me up from school and I always felt so cool just because I was hanging out with her. We always bonded over our similar music taste. Her younger brother, Caleb, is only two years younger than me. This meant that we always got to go to the same schools and have some mutual friends. It was nice to have someone at school that would always have my back, no matter what.

On my mom's side of the family, I have four cousins that are twelve years old or younger. Julee and Jamee are twins, but couldn't be more different. Julee is really into art and gymnastics. Seeing her learn new tricks and watching how excited she gets to show them to me will NEVER get old. Jamee likes to sing and dance and I'm convinced she will be a star one day. We could talk for hours about what music we are listening to these days and which artists are our favorites.

Trey and Jack are the youngest and have more athletic abilities than I can ever dream of having. They can beat me in baseball, soccer, kickball, and more. As rough as they are on the field or court, they will always be my sweet little guys. Luckily, Rylee is only two years younger than me and we get closer and closer every day. We're always "beating each other up" and making jokes. Our moms always claim that they are going to stop taking us out in public, but we're just having fun!

Don't take your cousins for granted. My life wouldn't be near as fun without all of mine.

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