Later in life, she had two boys and I had a boy and a girl.
Our lives were lived quite apart for many years but love for her, and for all my cousins, remained.
Marianne is a wonderful homemaker and, like me, loves to decorate.
She has added special touches everywhere one looks in her space, from bright colored flowers and ironed cloth on the table to hearts in the windows and darling vignettes.
On a February afternoon, we ate coconut cake with strawberries on top, and sipped black current tea.
Best of all, we talked non-stop for two and a half totally delightful hours.
My dear cousin graciously allowed me to snap photos of our afternoon tea together and show you some shots of her beautiful home.
I am so grateful for the gift of cousins, including my dear Marianne.
DO YOU KEEP IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH COUSINS?