Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | December 1, 2009

Found: long-lost cousins – at our elementary school

Last week I sat through two school assemblies, where the kids in each grade sang songs. As I know very few people at the school, I randomly sat down in the first empty seat closest to the front. And as I am wont to do, made small talk with the woman next to me. As part of the discussion, we pointed out our kids to each other.

She pointed to her son (in first grade, like Zack) and said his name, including his last name. “That’s my mother-in-law’s maiden name,” I said. “You think we’re cousins?” I joked.

She looked at me seriously and said “it’s not a common name.” At which point we started to figure out our husband’s family trees.

Long story short: her father-in-law is Mark’s great uncle (his grandfather’s brother). Mark hadn’t seen Uncle Harry since his grandfather’s funeral 13 years ago.

Yes, Mark’s grandparents have lived in New Jersey for probably 40 years. And yes, his grandma, aunt/uncle and two first cousins live within a 45 minute drive. But this is part of the family we obviously haven’t been in touch with (and I never knew existed). These new cousins used to live in a different town, maybe 20-25 minutes away.

We have new cousins.  And they live a half mile away. And one of them is in Zachary’s grade.

It’s a small, small world.


  1. Yay for cousins! If all goes as it seems, we’ll have a year of high school where every grade will have a cousin in it. (For the second time! We’re just at the end of a five year cousin run in the same high school!)

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