Mr. and I had a wonderful evening last night.
His cousin got as many of the family cousins together that she could.
There were 13 along with my MIL and her BIL.
As I listened to the stories, I realized how different they were from my family
There is alot more first cousins than with my family!
19 of them, from 5 siblings
They still have parents living
only 8 of us from 3 siblings
Our parents are all gone
They seem to only get together at funerals, the last time the 7 of us were together was at my cousins funeral.
Mr.'s Grandfather was a first generation born American and his Grandmother 2nd generation.
Coming to America in 1876.
My Grandad and Grandmother both had ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War.
We have been in the same county in IL since 1828.
They parents grew up in the city of St. Louis
The house the parents grew up in is now a famous St. Louis
Irish pub. Last summer we were eating there and I said to Mr. " I think we are eating in your grandparents backyard"
My family is small town, farmers with the exception of my Grandparents who lived in town.
They lived at 1515 almost 60 years.
We still enjoy the same back yard today.
Hearing about "city" life is interesting and different.
They finally moved in the 1940's from where they were so they would have an indoor toilet.
Where my farm family had an indoor toilet even in the 1890's.
Now you would think my family on the farm would be the one with no indoor toilet?
But then a theme began to emerge.........
during the depression families lived together....same at 1515
Looking at pictures of the cousins growing up, there were alot of Holidays and
summers spent together............same at 1515
They worked hard and loved each other.........same at 1515
The men served in WWII, came home and married their
sweethearts and started a family.........same at 1515
I guess our families are not that different
Catholic vs Protestant
Large vs small
City vs small town
Immigrant vs early American
I think we are probably just
The Typical American Family