I don’t remember going to many family reunions growing up. We lived in Texas and my grandparents and the rest of the family lived in Mississippi. We took trips to visit about twice a year and saw as many as we could, but I don’t think it was like having a reunion.
Once I got married, my husband’s family all lived in Texas so they had a reunion every year in the fall. It was held at his grandmother’s house which was close to most of his cousins. We usually got there around 10 in the morning and stayed to around 5 or 6.
If you’ve read many of my post, you know I’m all about the food. A family reunion is the best place to enjoy a spread of food. Everybody brings their favorite dish and there is always plenty to choose from. My father n law always fires up the barbeque pit and smokes chickens, ribs and brisket. And then there are the desserts. Wow, every kind of cake, pie or cookie you could ask for. And then there’s Mary’s famous fudge. It’s the best I have ever eaten. You may be too full after lunch for dessert, but you have to get a piece of fudge before it’s all gone. Needless to say, we are all stuffed after lunch.
The Afternoon Events
The older generation likes to either sit and watch all of the games being played by the kids, or even participate. In the 80’s when we were all younger, we played softball in the open field behind the house. We’ve all kind of out grown that so my husband’s uncle sets up horse shoes, washers and volleyball to play. After resting for about 30-45 minutes, those that have the energy begin to play the different games. It’s a great time to relive your youth and enjoy the company of family.
After all the games, it’s time to grab another quick snack before heading home. Some go for the desserts and some for the leftover meat and sides. Then once everything is put up and cleaned up, it’s time to say our goodbye’s and head back home. It’s been a great day. Lots of family, food and fun. We really enjoy getting to see all the family at least once a year.
Do you and your family get together for family reunions? If you don’t, it’s never too late to start.