We spent the afternoon with the Sugar Snaps’ first cousins twice removed. One is a biological cousin and the other is a cousin by marriage. Confused? I was. It made perfect sense to my husband Greg and now, thanks to his explanation and this handy diagram on Wikipedia, I get it. Greg’s Dad was Nina’s first cousin which makes Greg her first cousin once removed. Our children are Nina’s first cousins twice removed.
I think it was hard for the Sugar Snaps to understand that they can have more than one cousin. They think our niece Emma is their only cousin (though they will later learn that they have several). They seemed a little puzzled when we explained that Nina and Jerry are their cousins. Nina jokingly asked them who was their favorite first cousin twice removed as she passed out animal crackers.