… for little girls grown up

My dad sighed as he reminisced…”Those were the days when you two were tiny. They’ll never come back.”
“Too bad they won’t go away either! They’re on tape!” my uncle decided to retort.

They sure won’t go away, but one thing that won’t change is our close relationship. My mom’s cousin’s daughter (or in simpler terms, my cousin) Charissa and I grew up together for the first five years of my life. We were inseparable – we both had to go to my grandma’s house when our parents’ were away, we both went to the same ballet class, we both played together all the time, and so on and so on. She moved with her parents to Napa Valley, and I was crushed.

We didn’t really stay in touch when we were apart, but every time we would see each other, it was like we were four-year-olds in ballet class all over again. The same is true even today!

It is so comforting to have friendships and relationships like the one with my cousin Charissa. Years later, we still have a very strong bond without any of the awkwardness and we pick up right where we left off.

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