My sister and many of my cousins still live in northeastern Massachusetts, where I grew up.
Yesterday I drove up there for one of the periodic "cousins lunches" at which the cousins
from my generation get together. Cousin Tom is the one you would notice first.
Tom is a big barrel-chested guy with a booming voice. And a beard that rivals the guys from ZZ Top.
After high school, Tom went into the U.S. Navy like his father. After the Navy he worked on sophisticated technology for a defense contractor. These days Tom fishes and tells tall tales.