A long time ago, two little cousins, born less than a week apart, played on a deck overlooking a lake.


They played on the deck and watched bats fly overhead at dusk and rode in canoes and swam in the pond...and, last weekend, 15 years later, they finished high school and set their sights on the very same art school.


Both cousins were very cooperative and deigned to pose again - the girl-cousin's mom took the first picture, all those years ago. That original picture hangs in several homes.
This time there were a couple of challenges - and I'm not as good a photographer.


But the thing that became clear, as I made them pose and watched them interact, is that they are just the same at 18 as they were at almost three.
They are the loveliest kind of children - mild mannered and quiet and sincere and interesting.
They are both talented and funny and smart and good-looking.
In September they will both be at the same university, completely by chance, and it's going to be thrilling to see what they make of it.


Jen on the Edge said…
That is so sweet.
Stephanie said…
love, love, love, love.

cousins are awesome.
Anonymous said…
Isn't life amazing.
My sister's twins were born 10 weeks after my daughter. At their graduation party I took a picture.

I didn't realize until later that I had a picture of them on their first Easter that was exactly the same pose.

Congratulations to Middle and your niece.
dan renzi said…
The loveliest kind of children are mild mannered and quiet?

I guess I owe my parents a big apology.
Caterina said…
Hahaha...I'm laughing at dan renzi's comment :)

Amazing story. I hope they remain close.
MsCellania said…
This is very dear.
Those are 2 lucky cousins.
We're still at the 'loud complaining due to younger cousin taking first bite of cake before birthday boy' stage.
Anonymous said…
Love your rels. Congrats to both of them.

Anonymous said…
That is just lovely - lucky them to have a friend already made.
Pretty Things said…
That is so wonderfully awesome.
Ree said…
Must run in the family - wonderful parenting that is. ;-)
barbra said…
Wow, that's amazing that they'll be at the same school!

My kids adore their cousins. I hope that continues... I didn't ever feel like I knew mine very well.
Anonymous said…
Oh the places they'll go!

Miz S said…
AW! Cousins! Cousins are the best. What a lovely post. I can't wait to hear about their adventures at art school.
Paula said…
So many adventures lie ahead...

How wonderful they'll be able to share them!
Ginnie said…
So special!
Duyvken said…
I LOVE this.

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