Cousins Are Best Friends (The Ultimate Guide + Image Quotes)

Growing up, I was close to almost all of my first cousins, as well as a few of my second cousins. What qualities distinguish a cousin as a good friend? To put it simply, they are like siblings who you only see on holidays and special occasions, which means you are never around them enough to get angry at them (we all know how contentious things can get with a brother or sister, no matter how much we love them)! To put it another way, cousins are similar to good friends from school or work, with the exception that you share the same ancestors. That is, no matter how dissimilar you and your cousin are, you will always have something in common. But, aside from that, what are some of the more concrete reasons why we become close to our cousins in the first place? Continue reading!

1. They add to the enjoyment of family gatherings

As much as we all enjoy eating our Grandmother's cooking and deflecting questions from various Aunts and Uncles, what we really look forward to when we visit family is catching up with our cousins. Whether you're joking about a random topic or playing a game on the side, your cousin is always there to help you pass the time.

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2. You've known them for a long time

This is a critical one. Most of us don't see our cousins on a regular basis, which I suppose is a result of growing up. Having said that, no matter how long it has been since we last saw them, we always have something to talk about. Indeed, I have memories with most of my cousins dating back to when I was 4 or 5 years old, so when in doubt, we can always discuss those past adventures!

3. They do not interrogate

While your Aunt and Uncle may feel compelled to inquire about your future, current job, and hypothetical girlfriend, your cousins are aware of the importance of avoiding topics that make you uncomfortable. That is what makes cousins so special. You know them well enough to spend a lot of time with them, but not well enough to feel obligated to eavesdrop on every detail of their lives.

4. They educate you on the opposite gender

For the majority of my school years, all of my friends were guys, so having several female cousins allowed me to see what the other side was all about. I like to think that this has resulted in me being a well-balanced person!

5. There is no awkward silence

Have you ever gone on a long road trip with a friend? It's completely unbearable. When you're with a cousin, you can talk as much or as little as you want, and no one will question you or make you feel awkward.

6. You both laugh at the same inside jokes

So you thought you were the only one who made light of Uncle John's amusing laugh or Grandma Jane's “interesting” sense of style? Wrong! Your cousin has most likely already considered the same things. The sooner you both realize this, the sooner you can start laughing at your mutual observations.

7. They are aware of your embarrassing moments

I can't tell you how many times my cousins have made fun of me for some of my youthful misbehavior (hint: too many to count). However, bringing up each other's ridiculous childhood memories only brings you closer together. You and your cousins can always bring each other back down to earth with a lighthearted jab, no matter how serious and adult-like you and your cousins become…

8. They will never abandon you

While your friends may grow distant to the point of no longer hanging out with you, your cousins will never abandon you. They'll be there for you for the long haul, always ready to save you from awkward family conversations and other unpleasant family situations when you need them.

9. You can discuss the future with them

You know how, at a family gathering, you and the other young people sit at one table while the older people sit at another? You do, of course. During those times, there is always one cousin who turns to you, points to the other table, and says, “wow, that'll be us in twenty years!” That's when you realize how intertwined your futures are. That's a pretty cool thing to think about, at least to me.

10. You are not required to impress them

When you hang out with cousins, you can be friends with them without the added social pressure that comes with hanging out with non-family members. That means you can skip the makeup, put your kale-based diet on hold, shave your face, and forget about doing anything fancy with your hair. Let it all hang out! All that matters to your cousin is your presence. And if that isn't true friendship, I don't know what is!

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