Oz and I have been married for nearly 14 years. In that time, I have talked to and/or met only one member of his dad's family - his dad. We've gotten a few Christmas cards from aunts/uncles and there are a few folks on Facebook who show up in my 'People You May Know' list because they're on Oz's friend list, but I hadn't met them.
Oz's dad is one of six kids. He's number... five, I think? That sounds right, because I think he and my dad are the same number (except my dad is #5 out of 12). Anyway, when we went to Australia, I met three of the other siblings. A fourth, one of the older siblings, passed away while we were there; I didn't meet him, though we did go to the hospital so Oz could visit his aunt and say goodbye... not that we were hoping it would be goodbye, but it was. And the last sibling lives in New Zealand and we just didn't have the time/money/ability to get over and visit him.
We also didn't get to visit any of Oz's cousins while we were there. But his cousins, like Oz and his brothers, aren't exactly static. Hardly anyone lives in or near the Sydney area. In fact, one of them lives in Japan right now and another is here in the United States. He's down in Florida, so it's not as if we're neighbors, but recently he got in touch with Oz and said if he was ever this way, he'd drop in. Well, of course, who really travels to Tulsa if they don't have to? So I never expected to meet him unless we went down his way.
Yesterday, however, Oz called me on the way home from work and said, "Oh, by the way, my cousin is driving to Dallas from Kansas City and may drop in."
Um... what? Long story short, we offered him a bed for the night, which he accepted. I'm sure sleeping in a bedroom with a lizard wasn't exactly what he'd had in mind for the night, but I also suspect it was better than driving till 2 or 3 a.m... though after meeting him, I have no doubt he'd have had the stamina to do just that.
So now I've met a cousin.
It seems like family grows not in small, planned increments, but in leaps and bounds. And it's nice to feel more in touch. As long as it remains drama-free, of course!