My Maine road trip is on account of the wedding of my cousin Val, who has been mentioned on this blog previously. Val is my second-youngest cousin, with her brother, Thomas Aquinas, being the youngest of our generation. When Val was born, my siblings and I were instantly smitten with her, as a baby she looked remarkably like my brother Sweetums baby pictures. She has a classic face of the family- in her, I see echoes of other cousins and photographs of my grandfather as a young man.
Val has been working on her graduate degree in pharmacology in Texas, so I haven't seen her in a while. Not too long ago, she and her fiance vacationed in Europe, where they met up with my brother Sweetums and his family. With a family as big and far-flung as ours, one family reunion isn't sufficient.
Anyways, I can't think of a better occasion than the wedding of a beloved cousin, so here's to the health and happiness of my cousin and the new addition to our family.