You gotta love the way kids understand family ties.
My older daughter and older niece were talking today and they mentioned the name of a little boy. We know a few kids by this name so I asked them who they were talking about. I figured it was their cousin but I asked anyway. My niece said, "Our COUSIN!"
The funny part about it is that he's related through at LEAST two marriages and he is not my niece's cousin and really isn't my children's cousin. But we don't make any difference about my children's cousins being or not being my niece's cousins, since they are always together and we are family, blood or not. My sisters are my niece's aunts and my children's cousins are their cousins; they call my parents (and grandma) the same things my children call them.
So anyway, here is how this little boy they were talking about is my niece's "cousin."
(I hope this makes sense.)
Child (my niece)
Mother (my SIL)
Brother (my DH)
Sister (my sis)
Husband (my BIL)
So these two are cousins by way of child's mother's brother's wife's sister's husband's brother's child!!
But for all practical purposes they are cousins. And that's that.
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