One thing about growing up in a small town (well, for the most part), is that everyone knows everyone else. In Beaufort, though, you could also be related to that other person. Cousins go WWWWAAAAYYYY down the line and live on nearby islands and towns. Sometimes you see them in school, in church, at the store, etc. Those are your folks. It's the same way when you start dating. You tell your parents you've met this guy that you think is cute. Mama nods and says, "Uh huh"