Well, it’s over and done with. My family reunion was last Sunday. You know, the one I’ve been asking for advice and suggestions about? It was a HUGE success.
Second, we had really good attendance. I haven’t done the official head count, but I guestimate somewhere between 65 and 75 people made it.
Third, the food was darn near perfect. We siblings (who hosted the event) did hamburgers and hot dogs. Our aunts brought chicken and everyone else brought salads and appetizers. And watermelon. We ended up with about 4 of those. 🙂
It was an event I’m not sure I can fully describe my feelings about. My sister and her husband came from Philadelphia and spent a week with our mother. It was the signature event of Mom’s year. She loved having my sister here. And she was so excited to see relatives she hadn’t seen in a long time. For that alone, the work was worth it.
My daughter Michal flew up from California with her boyfriend for the reunion. My daughter Christie drove 2 hours over for the weekend to be at the reunion (and visit with her sister from Ca). She had to leave halfway through the picnic to get home for a 7PM night shift at the hospital after getting little or no sleep.
Other relatives came from near and far away and I was humbled by the fact that they made the effort to gather with family some of them hadn’t ever met.
But you know what got to my heart the most? How well my siblings and I worked together on this event. Every single one of them pitched in. And every single one of them was as excited about this event as I was. It was work. A lot of work. And I’ll give a special shout-out to my sister-in-law, Trudy, who shopped for, and oversaw, the food end of things. She really went above and beyond. And that’s normal for her. She’s an amazing woman.
Probably the most satisfying thing about this family reunion was the commemoration tables. We put up tables with genealogy charts and pictures of ancestors and those more recent who have passed. It got a LOT of attention.
I didn’t get cd of pictures done beforehand, but my brother in law took some phenomenal group pictures and I’ll be passing those along to relatives when I can.
It’s been 5 years since we had a reunion like this and who knows if we’ll have another one. But this one will hold a special place in my heart for years to come.
posted by Laurie Ryan