Uncles, Cousins And Family

The Next Family

By: Joey Uva

This past Father’s Day was a great one.  My brother, his wife, and kids drove in from Arizona to spend the weekend with us.    We planned a trip on Saturday to the Long Beach Aquarium.  Trevor’s dad, step-mom, his brother, sister-in-law, and the kids joined us there.   It was a great big family day at the Aquarium followed by a dinner for all fourteen of us at Shoreline Village.  I love when our families can be together.

One of my favorite parts of the whole weekend was seeing all the cousins interact with each other.  Grace and Alora just running around together as if they were more like sisters than cousins.  Watching Grace and Alora hold hands when here comes little cousin Carter grabbing Grace’s other hand so they can all walk together.  Grace’s extreme fondness of her older cousin Jason, just seeing the way she looks at him and asking him to play hide and seek, the others hiding and as soon as he finds them, they all scream -such a good noise.   Grace’s older cousin Ashlyn who is so artistic and a great role model for the smaller ones.

Trevor and I are not legally married, we are not allowed, but no one can ever deny us our family.  Trevor’s brother and family consider me “Uncle Joey”, my brother and family consider Trevor “Uncle Trevor”.  Grace has cousins, aunts, and uncles that all love her; she’s a lucky girl.  Trevor and I are lucky to have such wonderful, loving and accepting families.

Fifteen years ago, I don’t think I could have planned my life out this way.  I tend to take life one day at a time, even with my dreams which have now created Uncles, Cousins and Family.

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