Thursday, March 22, 2012

destined to increase


This is a picture of cousins perched on the sofa like birds on a wire.
Seven children.
The fact that five of them belonged to my parents is a minor detail. (hey, a pun, oh well)
My mother married long before the rest of her siblings, so she had a dreadful head start in the family department and the others never really caught up.
Our very first cousin was my age (he's dangling off my brother's lap) and was followed one year later by another cousin, also in the photo, and then it was like popping corn for a few years.
I am the little girl in the centre of the photo, sitting snugly on my sisters lap.
My distrust of photographers was already evident and destined to increase.

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