Here in the South, we see our cousins as close kin. Maybe it's from years past when people married into other families that lived close by. Many times in my research I found brothers from one family marrying sisters from a neighboring family. Their children were double first cousins and had close connections on both sides. The cousins would have the same grandparents!
Even 2nd and 3rd cousins were kept up with and everyone knew who they were related to and how.
People move so much now that cousins are not involved with each other like they were before.
Call your cousin.write them a letter. Friend them on face book. You will be glad you did.