These kids were gathered for my cousin's birthday party. I was too young to be invited, so this must have been before 1943. It must not have been a very good party; the kids all look bored out of their minds!
Two of my uncle's boys were older than I and one was younger. The younger boy died about 3 months ago, but the older two are still alive. They led me and my other girl cousins on a merry chase when we were children. Girls were only good for two things: pinching and pig-tail pulling. Every time we went to visit them, I dreaded the treatment I knew I would get, and I tried to get my mom to let me stay home, to no avail. The oldest boy was especially mean to me, and he would laugh and laugh at my plight. As he grew older, he mellowed some, and after he started to get interested in girls, he softened towards me as well. We didn't see each other often, but he was nicer. After my mom died, he came to the house and helped me remove an antique chandelier. We have lost touch, and I haven't seen any of them since my Dad's funeral in 1995.
It is a sad fact that as we age, unless we are extremely close to our extended families, we do lose touch. There comes a time when the only reason to get together is to attend a wake or a funeral. I wish it were not so. It is too late for me, but if you are younger, you can work to be sure that doesn't happen. It is especially important for those who don't have siblings, because once your parents are gone, cousins are your only family connection (other than your spouse and children). My advice is that you seek them out and stay in touch. You'll be glad you did.