The Types of ‘Grown-Up Pinsans’ You Encounter During Family Reunions
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, December 20, 2019 4:57pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
Occasions like Christmas and birthdays bring our distant family members all in one place. From when we were little, we mostly see our titos, titas, and grandparents at such times. Let’s not forget the cousins: our first, second, third degree folks we barely see on a normal basis.
Each of us had attended family reunions at some point, and we’re sure you have cousins with different personalities you will be able to divide into types and categories.
There’s always this cousin with the decent boyfriend/girlfriend, had seen half of the world, and earns four times your salary. They’re not even in their 30s. They are these people who are successful in almost every aspect of life and we can’t help but say “sana all.”
Family reunions are often awkward and you’ll be thankful for that cousin you are close with. You’ll seek the crowd and once you spotted them, you’ll say a silent hallelujah. You can finally release that breath you’ve been holding since you got to the venue.
The Family Guy
You would want to salute your family-oriented cousin for being one of the responsible creatures you’ll ever know. This person knows their priorities and family will always be at the top of their list. They take care of their parents, partners, and kids whenever they can.
For this type of people, finishing their Bachelor’s Degree with Latin honors is not enough. They are eyeing for greater things, especially in the academic field. Don’t be so surprised if the next time you meet them, may Doctorate Degree na siya, siz.
Remember that cutie you saw on your grandma’s house the other day? Yeah, that’s your cousin. So get them out of your mind. This is another pinagtagpo pero ‘di itinadhana moment, just like always.
The Long Lost
How embarrassing it is to be introduced to a Junjun or Girlie that happened to be your playmate years back and don’t remember them at all. You talk about the childhood years you barely remember. You endure the awkwardness of it all—even if it means holding the fake smile for hours.
The Forever Young
The opposite of Sana-All, the Forever Young is your cousin who’s always been dependent on their parents. They are the forever babies. We’re not judging. Our lives are not as perfect too, although the Forever Youngs could opt to help their parents in some way.
Remember that cousin who couldn’t care less about how she looks? Well now, she has perfectly trimmed eyebrows, a perfect set of teeth after she got her braces removed, and clear skin we would all be jealous about. Don’t get us started about her carefully-picked wardrobe. Talk about a major glow-up.
No matter what type of cousin you have, it’s still nice to meet them once again. You only meet them once a year, so even if it’s hard, try to strike a conversation. Let’s strengthen our family ties. You’ll never know, you might even find another Savior you can talk to on your next family reunion.