Monday, August 11, 2014

A Family Reunion

by Kate Collins

This is a photo of my family from this weekend at our first (and I hope annual) family reunion.

My maternal side of the family has always been close, and even now that we live scattered all over the country, we stay connected via Facebook. So when we were able to pull off a reunion and get 27+ members together in one place, what a bonanza!

It was an opportunity to view old photos and talk of dearly departed members, share stories with the younger generations, eat, hike, laugh, play games, and eat some more, all in the beautiful surroundings of Brown County, Indiana, in the southern part of the state.

I was thrilled that my son and daughter got to spend time with aunts and uncles who were such important figures in my life, and I was delighted to catch up with cousins I haven't seen in a decade.  I give my cousin Jessica a HUGE amount of credit for pulling it off and I know each one of us is extremely grateful for all her efforts.

Have you ever had a big family reunion? I hope so. It's worth the effort.

Have a happy week.

13 comments:

Karen in Ohio said...

Cousins were my first friends, and most of them are still very dear. Isn't it the best, to be with people who have loved you all your life?

We were just talking about the only reunion my mother's side of the family ever had, which was more than 20 years ago. I was one of the organizers, and we were able to get about 125 family members together, not quite half of all those living at the time (my mother is the middle child of nine). We only spent one day together, but it was perfect. We had good weather, and my grandmother was still alive, and I'll always remember her, holding court.

mary kennedy said...


What a wonderful idea!! So glad you could all gather in a group, it sounds terrific.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

My family was small on my father's side with only two unmarried aunts, an uncle and wife with one child with his family, and my parents only having me. I only had my son. Now I'm the oldest one left. I did nave more cousins (Grandfather's brother's family) but after my Grandfather passed away we didn't see them. My little family group got together every month for birthdays and holidays. I'm in contact with one of my distant cousins but that is it. I do miss my small family very much.

Kate Collins said...

Those are cherished memories. Cousins were my first friends, too, and it's heart-warming to see how their lives have unfolded, share laughs and stories of our youth. Maybe you can get another reunion organized (although it's a gargantuan task.)

Kate Collins said...

Isn't it amazing how important family is? But then we have our close friends who become as close and important as family, too.

Kate Collins said...

It was, Mary. Thanks!

Christine said...

I have a big family on my dads side. His dad was one of five and so was his mother. My dad is also one of five kids. Then including me there are eight grandchildren and one great grandchild with another on the way. So that is a lot. We had a family reunion many years ago before my grandmother and her three sisters passed away. We had just about everyone there and it was so much fun. Now most of the older generation is gone but my aunts uncles and cousins still get together for special occasions such as birthdays and especially Christmas. And its always at my grandfathers. Every year us grandchildren insist we take a picture with my grandfather because it is one of the rare times we are all together. When my grandfather turned eighty this past year we took pictures of him with his kids grandchildren and their spouses, great grantchildren, and his brothers and sisters.its all of us in one picture and its one of my favorites.

Kate Collins said...

That's fantastic, Christine. I hope you can keep up those lovely reunions.

Aurian said...

I am glad you had a great time Kate. Me and family in large quantities don't go well together.

NoraA said...

Just getting my four kids with spouses and 9 grandkids together fills my house. That doesn't include the extended "adopted" kids my own brought home when they were in school and are now part of the family. LOL

We recently had a 50th. Wedding anniversary party for a cousin and his wife. His 3 kids their 20 or 12 kids and 20 grandkids... plus adult cousins filled a catering hall with 150 or so people. Since we all live (for the most part) within 100 miles of family central it's not an unheard of occurrence. I'm leaving out the younger generation of this family who have move to England and Israel.

Kate Collins said...

That's too bad, Aurian. I'm blessed with a big, loving, funny bunch.

Kate Collins said...

Wow. Those are impressive numbers, Nora! Good for you and your family.

Lindsay Wangsness said...

My husband and I have incredibly small families. We have both lost our fathers, he has one brother and I have no siblings, and most of our remaining family has passed on. That being said we have 2 absolutely beautiful children, and plan on at least 2 more so that when they are older we can try to have big family reunions and get togethers. For now our reunions consist of our moms and close friends to fill in that gap and I know we both couldn't ask for much more then that.