A Letter To My Cousins Who Are More Like Siblings​

A Letter To My Cousins Who Are More Like Siblings​

Thank you for being the brothers I never had.


Dear cousins,

I love y'all so much. Thank you for being the brothers I never had. You guys have been there for me since day one, and I will be forever grateful. No matter what, I consider you guys my best friends and brothers all in one. I know that no matter how old we get, the bond we share will never be broken.

Thank you for the countless laughs and memories over the last 18 years. From staying up all night playing MarioKart to crafting a new plan each year on how we were going to catch Santa, to laughing until we cry watching our family attempt to bowl on the Kinect every Christmas, the fun has never stopped. I value those times so much. Every holiday, or weekend I spend at your house, I look forward to, and I love creating more memories with you.

To my younger cousin, thank you for being my "ride or die", as our parents have nicknamed it. You never fail to make me smile or laugh when I need it the most. Anytime I need someone to ride with me to the mall or grocery store, you always volunteer in seconds to come along. I remember when I first started driving and you told me I couldn't park, but we've come a long way! I feel like a proud sister, watching you grow up and become such a wonderful person. I hope you enjoy your teenage years, it's going to go by fast.

To my older cousin, my "big bro", I can't believe we are both in college now. Even though you are finishing your college career and I am just starting mine, I am so grateful for all the help and advice you have given me throughout this process. It feels like yesterday we were just kids, playing Playstation all day until we couldn't keep our eyes open. I can't wait to see what you do next in your career, I know it's going to be great.

Yes, I'm an only child, but nowhere does it say that your cousins can't be considered your brothers. You guys love and protect me as if I was your own sister, and the love I have for you both is indescribable. I can't wait to spend this upcoming holiday season with you guys and make even more wonderful memories.

Love always,

Your Cousin, aka "Sister"

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You are all incredibly special. Not only are you family through and through, but you were also the first people I could ever confide in. My first sleepovers were with you guys, the first time I got into trouble was because of some elaborate scheme we came up with together. From making up games when we were younger to vacations, to relying on each other for strength and support when times are tough, we've done it together. There aren't many people that you can share family secrets with and also count on as best friends, and I can do both with you.

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To my older cousins, I've always looked up to you, since I became aware of the world around me at such a young age. Thank you for being constant role models, and for always being there for me, no matter what. Without you to gossip about family, race to tattle on, and talk about boys with, I don't know where I would be. I can tell you in full confidence that family parties would've been very nearly unbearable if you weren't there with me, hiding upstairs or in the basement until dinner was ready.

I considered Temple and Bloomsburg for school because you went there. I joined theater at my high school because I saw you play lead roles in ballets and musicals. I started dressing nicer as I got older because I watched you develop a sense of fashion that I wanted to emulate. I became who I am partially because of you guys, my older cousins, and your influence and friendship are things I will carry with me my whole life.

To my younger cousins, I will always be here for you. I love you fiercely, and I want you to look up to me like I look up to our older cousins. We have something in common that you can't find anywhere else but between cousins. We are friends, but we are more than that because we share the same family, lineage, and even some of the same talents and character traits. Not only do we know each other better than most, but we have similar interests, and we even look like each other. We can be like siblings, but we are apart enough to value our time together and avoid the typical sibling rivalry.

And to the babies, you are so so lucky to be growing up in a family that is cultivated by love and founded on bondage. As you mature you will always always have so many people who care about you. Your big cousins will have your back through thick and thin, and it is impossible to put into words how much you will love being a part of this.

Together we have learned to be thankful for the love and support we get every day, not just from each other, but from aunts, uncles, and grandparents too. We will be forever grateful to Mom-mom and Pop-pop for raising our parents they way they did because it has allowed us to be as tight-knit as we are. You didn't choose to be my cousins, but you chose to love me and protect me at all costs. I would do the same for any of you in a heartbeat, and I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am that I have you all in my life.

We are all lucky to be as inseparable as we are, in both location and relationship. I don't know that I've ever met a family with the dynamic of closeness that ours has. We know everything about each other, we have endless inside jokes and stories, and we're constantly spending time together. Birthday parties, summer barbecues, Christmas parties at Mom-mom and Pop-pop's: you name it, we've done it. We are all cousins by chance, but we are friends by choice, and I would never trade what we have for the world.

There is nothing on this earth quite like the bond that cousins share.

With Love,

Your Cousin

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Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?


My cousins bring out the best in me. When I'm with them, I am happier. They have played a significant role in shaping my mind and my soul. My cousins are the most meaningful people in my life—my life would be incomplete without them. Here are six reasons why cousins are awesome!

1. They help you define yourself 


My cousins know me inside out. When I find myself in situations where a choice has to be made, be it choosing my career or just another pizza, my cousins have helped me choose—they know me so well! There have been times when my cousins knew things about me that I myself didn't know. It's always good to see yourself through others' eyes, and no one can get as real as your cousins.

2. They inspire you 


Dance is something that I feel I was destined to do. It is one hobby I could never give up. My childhood is marked with memories of my cousin Rishabh and I going crazy to Bollywood songs. His passion and energy acted as my fuel. It is with him that I discovered the dancer hidden within me. His love for dance continues to inspire me each day.

3. They are there for you, no matter what 


My cousins have always been there for me, through thick and thin. They have helped me understand and control my emotions. Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?

4. You learn so much from them 


My cousin Shivam formed the image of an ideal elder brother in my life. He always stood with what was right and fought against the wrong. I look up to him because in him I see someone who is wise way beyond his years. I see a nurturing, supportive, patient man who is aware of his words and actions. Being the eldest of us all, he made sure we felt happy and safe. From him, I have learned the importance of selfless love, humility, and of always being right. Growing up with these amazing people that I call my cousins, I learned new things every day.

5. They understand you 


They were there through the hair color phase, the nose ring phase, the Taylor Swift phase, and they never judged you.

6. They're like parents, but cooler 


When you make a mistake, they will correct you. When you cross the line, they will put you back in your place. But when you want to go out partying, they'll also help you pick an outfit!

Cousins are a blessing in disguise. And if you have cousins like mine, oh boy, you must be lucky! My cousins make the challenging path toward adulthood worth walking. They make life worth living. And as we part ways and move into different cities, our hearts will always be together and their lessons always with me.

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