Monday Minute: Are You My Cousin? James Rewrites the Dr. Seuss Classic
Apparently I need to brush up on family relations…
(James is sitting in the kitchen while I make him breakfast, Ian in his bouncy chair nearby)
James: Hi, Ian. Hi, little Ian! So, is Ian my cousin?
James: Ian’s my cousin?
Me: Are you serious?
James: He’s my brother, right?
James: Is he yours?
Me: My what?
James: Your cousin?
Me: No James, he’s my son, like you are. Your cousins are the children of your aunts and uncles.
Me: So who are your uncles?
James: Sean, Ed, Pat…
Me: Right, and do any of them have kids?
Me: Are you sure? Does Ed have a baby?
Me: He does. Remember Madelyn?
James: Oh yeah!
(2 minutes later)
James: So Ed is my cousin?
Me: No, James. Madelyn is your cousin and Ed is your uncle.
James: Connor is my cousin too, right? That cool little guy.
Me: I’m surprised you remember him! Well, he’s my cousin’s son.
James: And my cousin?
Me: Well, kind of. Maybe your 2nd or 3rd cousin or once-removed or something.
James: No, he’s my 2nd cousin. And Madelyn is my first cousin, remember.
Me: Weirdly enough, you’re kind of right.
James: Who else?
Me: Well, I have a lot of cousins and they are somehow related to you, but only distantly. Madelyn is the only baby of your aunts and uncles so you have 1 cousin right now.
James: So how many cousins do you have?
Me: Well, a lot – maybe 30. And how many do you have?
James: Around 10.
Me: Ugh, maybe.
James: So how many brothers do I have?