This is the Super Six.
They have been together for a lifetime. Let me introduce you to my four kids, and their cousins ( my brother’s son and daughter). Starting from the left, Naomi is the oldest, and I’m pretty sure at this point in her life she’ll remain the shortest of the bunch. Next is Jim, my brother’s son, he’s the tallest one in the crowd these days, and then Hilary, Mary (my brother’s daughter), Bryan and Zachary.
The layout style of this picture became a tradition with this bunch many, many moons ago. We would shoot this group shot from oldest to youngest, and then from tallest to shortest. My grandma (great-grandma to the Super Six) lives out-of-state, and would always ask to see a picture of the kids together. She wanted to see how tall each of them were in relation to one another. So that started the tradition of the Super Six photos. And I’m fairly certain my Grandma coined the phrase “Super Six” for this gang.
Over the years we have taken quite a few Super Six pictures. I just love, love, love a walk down memory lane like this. When Tom’s son, Ryan, was living with us the group expanded to the Super Seven.
As you can see in the pictures below, when Evan got old enough he honed in on the photo line, and made sure he got himself included. These pictures should be called “The Super Six” plus one, since Evan is the next generation!
This bunch has been fortunate enough to live near each other growing up, pretty much until everyone started working full-time or took off for college. There were lots of Friday night sleepovers, chances to do fun things together, family beach parties, cheering each other on at school events, or at a sports game. Just all round having cousin fun as often as they could. I think my brother and I subconsciously made a point to get the kids together as often as we could.
Now that they are all a little older it’s not easy to get this picture, but we are still doing it. These shots were taken at Zach’s wedding this past August. I may be partial, but I can feel a lot of love and happiness coming from these pictures.
This group of amazing young adults have been through a lot of life stuff together. Graduations, milestone birthdays, 4th of July celebrations, Halloween’s, family reunions, weddings, divorces, cancer in the family, and the loss of their Grandpa. They have experienced all of the ups and downs of life. They are positively surviving the roller-coaster ride together, and have come through it all with smiles on their faces.
My one hope for this great group is that they stay in touch and support one another for eternity. (That’s my Mom voice shining through.) My quest with this bunch is to continue capturing the Super Six line up for many years to come.
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This is truly lovely. Super Six is super cool. The love for one another absolutely shines from their faces in all the pics. And love, love, love little Evan making his appearance in the line.
What good fortune for all to have one another nearby to lean on and love. I so wish my daughters would have been close to their cousins.
A heartwarming post. ♥
Thanks for your kind words Lisa. I’m so glad to know the love was oozing through the pictures as I had hoped. I can’t wait to get Evan’s baby sister in the line too!!
I love your writing sweetie, you always capture your subject so well!
Thanks a bunch Travel Man!!
I love the term “The Super Six.” It has a great feeling about it. Looks and sounds like you’ve got a great family over there. 🙂 Cheers, Deb
Love this post! Love Cousins! They really do hold such a special place in the heart. You have a great collection of the pictures of them through the years. It is the one thing I wish my granddaughter had more of — cousins!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit. We’ve been so lucky to have the cousin love so close by. I look forward to continuing this picture tradition!