It was June 1948. I was 5 years old. My grandparents were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversity. They had 13 children and too many grandkids to count. Everyone showed up for the event. On that day, it was decided to meet on the first Sunday in June every year. Next Sunday will be our 63rd gathering. I've missed two of them. Several of my cousins have perfect attendance. We meet at the Janney Furnace Historical Park in Ohatchee, Al. We usually have about 100 in attendance. Starting back with my grandparents, we now have 6 generations who have attended. Does your families do this? I hope so...................
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My mothers family has one every May. They are held at a small country church under a large abor. Being a country boy I really enjoy them. Big pot-luck on Sunday. Usually about 75-100 there. Afterwards some of us gather at a country home just up the road from the church, usually about 10 couples, set and just talk til dark, then drag out the left overs from lunch. Great times.
My DH mother's side of the family decided last year to have a reunion. It was the first for the Kinef side. We think, not sure if his dad ever did any or we just did not know. Living 400 miles away you seem to get forgotten. DH dad was born in 1897 - died in 1984, mother was 1907 - died in 2002. Only 1 sister living on her side & his dad all are dead. My family who knows as not much was talked about the family. Not that we did not know them, just not close. Recently found an old email address & had contact with a cousin from my dad's brothers daughter. Then she passed it to a cousin in Oklahoma. We exchanged a few emails, mine being the last one sent and no word from them anymore. But this fall we will head back to Shiner, TX for another great time with the cousins & others on DH side. On my side no one would come, I do not talk with my sister after mom died & brother only calls when he needs monies (sad to say). He got all of mom & dad stuff & house in the will. My name did not show up in the will at all. It is like I was not born..... Boy that felt good to get it off my chest.
Oh well! I have my children, DH, dogs & soon 1st grandchild.
My mom's family has been cattle ranching in California for seven generations.
Some members of the family still actively ranch while others members have pursued other careers and moved to diverse points of the globe. What still remains, is the fact that "cousins" in our family are closer than siblings in many others.
We have a family reunion, on family ranch property, on the third Sunday of April ever year. This event started as a cattle branding but over the generations, and as the family became more dispersed, became a reunion/slash picnic. We pit BBQ our own beef for the picnic.
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I guess it would be nice to have a close knit family, but for me it ain't (the aunt and uncles I was close to has since passed on). Funny since Ma came from a family of 11 and my father a family of 13.
So it's only me, Ma, Harlee and Calvin...haven't seen anyone from back home cept a close friend who took the time to find me when he stumbled on a blog I had posted in the net bout 15 years ago (he wouldn't have found me if it wasn't for Ma), as well as a couple of people I grew up with who I ran into while live'in in Vegas. I haven't seen a few family members since 1986 and don't how long for the rest.
So for some like me, it is what it is...and you just keep move'in on!
Btw Sharon, don't feel bad. My father was pretty successful guy. When I called a cousin a few months ago to give my condolences when Ma told me his aunt died. He ask me when and if we talked since I left the Islands.
I told him that I tried break'in the ice during the last trip home by stopping at his office to say hi and to introduce him to my then fiancé back in 86'. His associates told me I just missed him and he never called the Hotel we were staying at. My fiancé was more disappointed then I was cause she understood how much effort it took for me to make this gesture. However, while we were talking (about a year later) Ma told that my father was in his office. His choice....
Anyways my cousin told me he's live'in in a Penthouse outside of Waikiki Beach. When he dies, I won't be seeing any of it either (nor am I expecting any of it) cause I know it'll all go to my half sister which I've never met...and she doesn't have to worry about have'in to fight me for it either when it's his time.
Like I say, it is what it is...noth'in you can do bout stuff like that.