What does Buddy remember most fondly about his cousin ? 

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In this mostly autobiographical account, Truman Capote recalls fondly an elderly cousin whom he lived with as a child; she was truly his friend and, like him, an imaginative and eccentric spirit. 

Key to understanding the connection between Buddy and his unnamed cousin is their unity of spirit. His fondest memory of her is of one Christmas when they each made kites for the other, and once they have these kites "swim[ming] in the wind," they lie on the cold grass and watch their kites "cavort." As they do so, Buddy listens to his friend reflect upon death's approach as an act of looking through a church stained glass window. She describes it to Buddy as being

"...pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don't know it's getting dark."

It is the beauty of her imagination, her flights of fancy, and her spontaneity that endears his friend to Buddy. When "Those Who Know Best" decide that Buddy should be put in a military school, his spirit languishes there in an environment of "bugle-blowing prisons, grim reveille-ridden summers." In his efforts to escape from this rigor and stultification of imagination, the creative Buddy endlessly searches the sky.....

As if I expected to see, rather like hearts, a lost pair of kites hurrying toward heaven.

There is no doubt that Buddy's unconventional friend was a kindred spirit, a spirit whom he dearly misses. For she fed his soul and warmed his heart as she lifted them both along with their kites into the heavens, far away from the mundane, tedious, and trivial elements of life.  

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In Truman Capote’s short story “A Christmas Memory” Buddy fondly remembers his cousin’s quirky personality, their undying devotion for each other, and the everyday adventures including “fruitcake season.”

As you read “A Christmas Memory,” Buddy describes his cousin lovingly despite her advanced age in comparison to his. He tells the reader how the companions spend time together and he emphasizes his cousin’s enthusiasm for life but also speaks about her incongruities; she despises the number thirteen and will not go to the movies with Buddy. But Buddy finds these qualities endearing. He remembers their time spent together whether it be making money for their fruitcake ingredients, picking pecans, flying kites, or cutting down their Christmas tree.

When he is sent away to military school, he misses her dearly and corresponds with her regularly keeping current with the happenings at home. Due to his fond feelings, he is devastated when she dies.

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