Family Reunions: A Tradition that Connects and Makes Memories

The Family Reunion

A Tradition that

Connects and Makes Memories

Family Reunion Our Heritage MagazineLeft to Right: Jerry Fagan, Gertrude Fagan Williams, Elloise Fagan Boykins, Violet Fagan Hoods

When was the last time you saw Uncle Clyde? How about Aunt Violet Mae? Many people’s answers to these questions would be something like, “Oh, I don’t know, about ten years ago, maybe?” or “Aunt Violet Mae? Woo! I haven’t seen her in a month of Sundays.” Of course, some people might say that they are better off not having seen Uncle Clyde for ten years and some people just might not care if they ever see Aunt Violet Mae again; but the real truth is, family is like that. Far from perfect, all families have their black sheep and annoying members nobody really likes much, but families can also be loving, supportive, and downright entertaining. Of course, Uncle Clyde’s and Aunt Violet Mae’s relations wouldn’t know that about them because they haven’t seen them in years.

Our society has lost the strong sense of family that was prevalent in the “good old days” of the 1950s and 1960s. Scattered and busy, family members find themselves alone or at least apart from each other more often than not these days. This makes it even more vital that we work hard at instituting one tradition—at least annually—the Family Reunion.

Even if only two family members can get there, having a Family Reunion at least once a year accomplishes three things:

1.  It Starts a Tradition—it’s said that if you do something more than once, it’s a tradition. So, if you hold a Family Reunion this year and next year—there you go. It’s a family tradition.

2.  It Strengthens Connections—seeing Uncle Clyde in the flesh connects you with him in a way no phone conversation or email message can. It’s up close and real.

3.  It Makes a Lasting Memory—it’s said that even bad memories are better than no memories at all. That may not be true, but making memories with family is what it’s all about. Imagine how much better you’ll feel saying, “Uncle Clyde? He was at the Reunion last year—we had a blast!”

So, if you have never held or been to a family reunion, get ready—it’s not as hard as you think.  It’s as easy as one, two, three:

1.  Set a date—for every year—no matter what. If the first one doesn’t work for many folks, keep trying until you find one that works for most.

2.  Get in touch with everybody—call, write, email, fax, text, post on Facebook. There are tons of ways to connect these days.  Don’t leave anybody out.

3.  Make a memory no one will be able to forget—all it takes is being together—no fancy decorations or thematic invitation necessary.  But a group photo will be a cherished reminder of your new family tradition.

 

Article By:

Susan Bowman

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