family configured

What fun watching cousin-clusters—
cousins and second-cousins,
and cousins-once-removed,
constantly reconfiguring
into this grouping—that:
on the beach—
in the sand and in the surf,
on the boogie boards out on the waves,
around the game board, the cards, the TV,
the basketball net,
the pool table, the meal table,
at the restaurant,
the ice cream place—
watching the smiles and the laughter,
the conversations, the sharing and gifting,
the exchange of contact information!

Who knows when this particular configuration of family
will reconstitute.

But it is secure in ways not much else is.


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