My Best Friends Are My Cousins' Girlfriends

To The Girls Who Have Won My Cousins' Hearts, You've Also Won Mine

I don't know whose luckier: me or the boys.

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To Molly and Carli,

Being the youngest out of all of the cousins has never been difficult for me. In fact, I love it; it makes me all the more intimidating. So when they start bringing around their significant others, I'm always putting them through a test--figuratively and literally.

I have always been overprotective of my family because of how much they mean to me. I have been lucky enough to have great relationships with my entire family, but the boys I have a bond like no other, as you can probably tell. Being around the same age, attending the same university and sharing secrets that can never leave the Progress 910 apartment.

When I first heard that they had girlfriends, my guard immediately went up. They may annoy me, tease me and get on my very last nerve, but they still sit high on the pedestal in my mind.

When I first met you both, I remember trying to keep my distance. I wanted to see how you all interacted, how you were treating each other, and making mental notes if I saw anything I didn't like. That didn't happen, though. I immediately struck up conversations with you both and it didn't seem like I could stop. All three of us are alike, in more ways than one, and it helps so that we can talk about anything and everything with each other.

This past Pritchard Family Christmas, you guys were able to join in with us. As I've mentioned in previous articles, we have lots of traditions, but one of the most important would be the lip sync battle. After a lot of convincing, I was finally able to get you guys to join me for the competition.

Singing and dancing to the ABC's is something I will never forget. Trust me, that song will never be the same.

Although I'm hard on the majority of girlfriends and boyfriends my family introduces me to, it all comes from a good place. And as long as you all continue to treat each other right, there won't be anything to worry about.

Thank you both for being such important parts of my life. I've never had many friends that are girls, so this is something that I will treasure forever.

I love you both to death,

Laken

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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Being Close To Your Cousins Is The Best Thing That Can Happen To You

Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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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