My Mother is an only child and my Father has only one brother. So, in the realm of the typical extended family, my experience was limited to a single uncle and a small handful of cousins in New Jersey.
What my mother’s family lacked in adjacent generations, they made up for in another way. My Mother’s Mother was one of six children, providing my siblings and me with an army of Great Aunts and Uncles. In the absence of any family members close to me in age, it was my great aunts and uncles with whom we spent many a holiday. […]