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“Family Reunions”…Is this tradition dead….or just fading away? My Mother’s side of the family has been having a family reunion now for decades. Since I have was a small boy, I remember going to the park on a Sunday afternoon, to see all my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and some people I had no idea who they were…but they were connected to the family.
I, like many, moved away from my hometown right after high school. I became part of the transient group who worked for the large corporation that moved you all over the USA, and even sometimes globally. Back in the mid 70’s and all the way until 9/11 we were part of a society that couldn’t sit still. Always on the move. Always wanting more.
You start having kids, weekend soccer, vacations, school activities, and one of the things that sometimes gets sacrificed was the travelling back home for the “Family Reunion”. I must admit, shame on me for missing some of the best times of our lives. Watching our cousins grow up, staying closer to our hometown values, or just being “Home”.
The family has changed in many ways through the years. Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins have passed away, new babies born, marriages, divorces, and moving long distances from home have all contributed to the changing family life.
While Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and the rest of the social media craze has allowed us to communicate much more, I feel we have all lost a little slice of that family tradition. Societies evolve, things change, many for the better, but, I still miss the simpler times, the family traditions I missed out on…but I am not going to miss this “Family Reunion”.
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