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Which film directed by Cecil B. DeMille was the top grossing film of 1947?

Cousins and Friends

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"Your cousins are your first friends," the old adage goes. I'm not so sure that applies in today's mobile society, but it sure applied to me when I was young. How about you?

My mom was the youngest of nine children, so there was a boatload of cousins to enjoy on her side of the family. I was number 32 of 33 grandchildren! Most of the cousins around my age were boys who loved to play baseball, so I was able to exercise my tomboy character and play endless games of Five Dollars Up with them in our grandma's backyard. My athletic uncles would join in too! As I grew older, I got to know many of my "girl cousins" better and enjoy their company as well. This large band of relatives still reunites every two years around the time of my grandma's birthday to play folk music, euchre and even a little baseball.

On my dad's side of the family I was lucky to have two girl cousins around my age. Our grandma called us "The Three Musketeers." We got into lots of mischief together. I still smile when I think of us climbing down the clothes chute from the second floor in Grandma's house and landing in her laundry basket in the basement!

My kids also had cousins close in age to play with, to get into trouble with, and to make memories with -- I am grateful for that. They enjoy reminiscing about their escapades, and they giggle over the photos my dad took of them dressed in silly costumes, riding in the wagon behind his tractor, or running in the sprinkler in the yard. They share a history that no one else will ever relate to. What a gift!

Cousins are your first friends, and good ones at that.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Were your cousins your first friends? What memories do you have of good times with your cousins? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Here is one email response from the March 8, 2017 update question: "What is your favorite 'old' song? Do you have a collection of old sheet music or a timeworn hymnal that you still use? Were you ever a song leader or accompanist at a sing-along?"

Kenny Mathes shared, "I have an old Salvation Army band book that I used as a boy playing in the Salvation Army Corps band. I still like to look through it sometimes."

Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Unconquered. The movie starred Paulette Goddard and Gary Cooper.

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