Family Reunions  

keithcancook 60M
10710 posts
4/3/2005 4:29 pm
Family Reunions

Gawd, I love to go to my family reunions. We have a large extended family on my maternal side. My Great Grandmother had 12 children. (Sicilians are prolific breeders).

My mothers older brother has hosted our reunions in Pittsburgh, for the past 30 years every Fourth of July. I have missed very few, they are so much fun.

There is always so much happening. The elders, all my great-uncles and aunts gather in groups, some playing cards, others in groups scattered here and there with constant intermingling. In those groups you can find interesting conversations as they reminisce past family history. (really cool stories about the branch that was involved in the Cosa Nostra, among others).

Their children, all grandparents now, have interesting stories of their own. They were the WWII generation.

And then there is my generation, all middle aged and raising families. I love hanging with my first and second cousins most.

Of course all of our children play together in the pool, or run around in the grass playing childrens games. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to grow up like this...hearing some of the histories each year (as I did), meeting distant cousins and enjoying them once a year (as I did) and hopefully planting seeds to continue the cycle for the generations to come.

I suppose for some these things might be drudgery. I wonder, what do y'all think of family reunions?

bella_ 47F
4030 posts
4/3/2005 7:48 pm

I miss them. When you are young and forced to attend there is no appreciation for the tradition. Being older now I look upon them fondly and wish for an invitation to one.

sportyfun56 106M

4/3/2005 10:01 pm

I'm a social person so I look forward to get together with a large bunch of folks that I either know or have a good reason to know. My family tree isn''t nearly as extensive as yours so our very infrequent get togethers are not as large. But i always look forward to any excuse to get with my extended family.

nightstogether 56M

4/4/2005 12:08 am

I'm glad that I no longer have a family where reunions are a requirement!

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papyrina 51F
21133 posts
4/4/2005 6:31 am

if its all my family as in weddings etc i hate them,my mom and dad divorced years ago,but put them in the same room and all war breaks out,smaller family gathering can be fun,but i'd rather have a room full of 20 friends than 10 members of family

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Tala4u2 54M  
2957 posts
4/4/2005 8:55 am

Family reunions for us are great. Simply because all the men from my uncles to cousins are individuals and quick of mind and wit. And we never fight but we do have a lot of eccentricity, I think it is that fisherman gene and the telling of tales. The women are just as fiesty, ha you gotta have equals to make a reunion work.

Tala, Wizard of The Kingdom of BooBoBia, DEITY,

happyandforty 54M
6 posts
4/5/2005 1:45 am

I used to love them but my family are very spread out but since mum and dad are passed away we dont have them anymore only 3 of us left

expatbrit49 62M

4/5/2005 2:32 pm

Keith, I know of what you speak, my family all live in the UK so we dont get together very often, the last time was my mother funeral a few years back. it was great to see old family and friends and the every increasing number of kids that are becoming the new generation. Even though the reason for the gathering was sad the outcome was great and I think our mother would have been happy to see us all together again.

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shesaladydriver 48F

4/8/2005 6:02 am

I, too, have a LARGE family, and I love it when we all get together. About five years ago, we had a large reunion in Ohio. The family had two large houses rented for a week, and it was funny because the party people were in one house and all the straight and narrow were in the other. I live near my mother, and that can get a little tedious sometimes, but all in all, my family is close and we use any excuse to get together.

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