I have no first cousins on my Dad’s side of the family as he was an only child. The first cousins on my maternal side of the family are either 10+ years older than me or 6+ years younger than me. The closest kid in age to me was my younger sister! At family gatherings, I was pretty much cast aside since my younger sister would play with the younger cousins. For whatever reason, that has always disturbed me, and I decided to write about it. And, out of the older cousins, only one was a girl who was a teenager during the 1970s while I was still under 10 years of age. Today, though, she is the closest of my cousins.
It was no one’s fault, just the roll of the genetic dice, I guess.