Pictured above is Bossy’s cousin. She’s standing next to her mother, who is Bossy’s aunt: the sole sibling of Bossy’s father. And in this photo, taken last month, Bossy’s cousin is surrounded by extended family.
Bossy’s cousin is one of two children who were raised Jewish in an affluent suburb—but Bossy’s cousin veered off the path and did something unexpected: she married into an enormous Irish Catholic family.
Although her upbringing was so different, this enormous Irish Catholic family enveloped Bossy’s cousin and helped to mold the down-to-earth person she is now—she rolls up her sleeves, throws a baby on her hip, and navigates a sea of brother-in-laws.
When Bossy returned from camping she found out that her cousin is in the middle of a very sudden and threatening health crisis, and Bossy is consumed with worry.
Bossy struggles with protecting her cousin’s privacy while also understanding that it doesn’t hurt to have many people pulling for you—which brings Bossy to the point of today’s post:
In ten words, can you share with Bossy who you are worried about and why?
Just maybe if we collectively think about each of these people we can quickly pull them out the other side into sunny days spent in pools with extended family.