I have done and said plenty of things that make me cringe when I think of them. But there is one event that has taken on epic proportions in my mind as the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done. So here it is…
I’ll start with the history before the embarrassment. Growing up I had lots and lots of cousins on both sides of the family. I saw some of my cousins on my mom’s side of the family fairly often. We didn’t see my dad’s side of the family much, except for one of his sisters (my aunt) and her family. They lived one street up from me, and my cousin Lisa was just a little older than me. We were best friends during childhood. We played together almost every day. We had sleepovers and trick-or-treated together. We played Barbies and dolls and house. And, we hid behind the bushes of a neighbor’s house when my dad’s friend (female) came to visit my mom one day. (That’s another story for another time.) We were totally best friends.
Cousin Lisa (in red) and me. Look at that TV, too!
Our friendship changed very quickly when Lisa began middle school. I was one year behind her in school. When she started middle school and I was still in elementary school, she became too grown up to be friends with me. It was really hard on me. As I’ve mentioned before I was (and still am) shy and did not make friends easily. After that we saw each other very rarely and then once we were in our teens we never saw each other at all any more.
Zoom ahead to me being thirty years old. One of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family had a huge family cookout/reunion. My husband and I went with our 5 month old son. During the festivities I saw my uncle (Lisa’s dad). There was someone I didn’t know sitting next to him. I went over to say hi and ask how he was doing and also, “How is Lisa?” He looked at the woman sitting next to him (the one I didn’t know) and said something. I don’t remember what his words were because at that moment I realized that the woman, the stranger, WAS. MY. COUSIN. The girl that I spent almost every waking moment with through early childhood! What an idiot I felt like! I don’t know what I said. I think something really lame, like, oh, you’ve changed so much, how are you? And then I looked for a rock to crawl under.
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