Remember a few weeks ago when I told you to go check out Mose, my cousin’s cartoon? Do you remember how I told you that I grew up
wanting to be idolizing him the way a younger sibling wants to be idolizes an older sibling. Well, any of you who are younger siblings (which, strictly speaking, I am not, but I had a lot of older cousins) know that most of the time, in most people’s childhoods, your older sibling wishes to do you harm ignores you, and then some. And you may also know, if you are a younger, how much you yearn for even a few minutes of your older’s attention.
Well, for Love Thursday today I’ve got something a little different for you. This photo is of my cousin and me, Hallowe’en 1974. (I’m Frankenstein, he’s Superman.) Now, even if we assume that his little eyeroll there isn’t in fact him saying “Lord, Uncle Henry — take the freakin picture already so I can ditch this popsicle stand and go trick-or-treatin with my friends,” we can still guess that 7-yr-old him is less than thrilled to be hanging out with 5-yr-old me in my plastic drugstore costume with a wristband around my hand. But now I want you to imagine how I’m feeling in this picture. Just look at my face! We’re standing in his bedroom, people. He’s allowing me to take a picture with him, in his bedroom. I am so thrilled to be there (and so jealous of his awesome homemade costume), I have to be wrapped in plastic, just to contain it all.
To this day, I still remember the details of that Superman costume. Even without the help of this photo.
So I’m dedicating my Love Thursday this week to my cousin Adam, who treats me like royalty now, and who has had a less-than-stellar week. And while you’re feelin the love, go visit him over at Mose.
Happy Love Thursday everyone!