by Stefani on 23-June-2008

Our family reunion was sticky and sweet and something special to savor for always. 

It was, “You haven’t changed a bit,” or “my how you’ve grown,” – the first maybe not entirely true of us older folks, the second being all too true of those young ones.

 It was going through 10 hugs at least, just to get from one side of the room to the other. 

It was introductions and reintroductions, while the folks who married into it all were doing their best to keep the names and relations straight. 

It was lots of, “It’s been too long” and “What are you up to these days?” 

It was passing around old photos and talking about the love that started this whole crazy thing. 

My Great Grandparents 

It was passing around new photos too – ultrasound pictures of a new little family member to come, my little brother's first child – and talking about the love that keeps it all going, this family of ours. 

It was a little musician learning that he’s next in a long line of pickers. 

Passing It On

It was a few tears from those of us who remember other hands playing and other voices singing the songs that we still hold dear. 
Popo Plays

It was cousins who didn’t know each other yesterday, but today are fast friends. 


It was trying to figure out just how we’re related – second cousins? Third? First twice removed?

It was cowboy golf, horseshoes and volleyball, old stories and new laughs, card games and frying fish, red shoulders and noses, mamas chasing small bodies with sun screen, sticker burrs in feet, and smiles on faces.



It was hide and seek and water balloons, little hands sneaking too many sodas out of the cooler, and another cookie off the tray. 

It was asking after the ones who didn’t make it, being sure to say, “send them our love,” and it was remembering the ones who have gone before us too. 

It was “remember that one time?” and “those sure were the good old days, weren’t they?” It was knowing that these are the good old days too. Right here. Right now. 

Our reunion was cookies and brownies and lemon bars and coconut cake, sweet potato fries, fried catfish, peanuts in pepsi, potato chips and lots of “I really shouldn’t….” and then, “well maybe just one…” 

It was kids and dogs, all running, all jumping, while grownups fanned themselves and wondered where they get that energy.


His New Friend, Diesel

It was little ones who needed “just one more hour” of swimming back at the hotel, because it was all too good for it to end just yet. 

It was old folks staying up far too late talking, because we wished it didn't have to end too. 

It was so many hugs and smiles and then tears when it was time to say goodbye. It was making promises that it won’t be so long before we see each other again. 

It was a long ride home, talking about all the fun we had and looking forward to the next summer when we can do it all again. 

It was a long sigh, down that long road, because it went by so fast, but also because we know that it will go on, this love of ours. 

It was looking out at the cornfields whirring past, and feeling warm and held tight in the knowledge that we’re a part of something good, something big, something important, something that was, and is,

 F A M I L Y.

erin June 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Every single bit of it sounds perfect and delightful. Family and love – what more can anyone ask for?

martha June 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Wow. Your description brings me right back to my own family’s gatherings. Thanks for reviving those wonderful memories.

shelley caskey June 23, 2008 at 5:00 pm

what beautiful and warm thoughts on your family reunion, which brought be back to my very own growing up! and the pictures. and the food. and the old folks. and the new babies. and the hugs. and the talks of old times. ahhh, family. such love and devotion. i am so very lucky to be a part of mine! as you are of yours. 🙂

Aileen June 23, 2008 at 5:41 pm

What an absolutely beautiful post. Thank you.

Julie @ Letter9 June 23, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Sounds wonderful and exhausting. I totally got this:

“It was trying to figure out just how we

Casey June 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm


Stephanie June 23, 2008 at 6:44 pm

What a wonderful post!

Corynne Escalante June 23, 2008 at 8:14 pm

so touching… love the new photo for your blog header!

heather jane June 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm

They always end too fast, don’t they?

Tara June 23, 2008 at 9:04 pm

I miss our reunions. I haven’t been to one in ages.

Eren June 24, 2008 at 4:32 am

Oh wonderful! What a great recount of it all. Nothing like a family and all of its characters for sure!

Thimbleina June 24, 2008 at 4:36 am

It sounds like a great time was had by all.

elissa June 24, 2008 at 5:52 am

ok. you are always making me all teary over my coffee. but teary in a lovely way, so i won’t hold it against you 😉

Jade June 24, 2008 at 7:28 am

Ahhh… family reunions. Thanks for bringing us along.

Natasha June 24, 2008 at 8:12 am

We have one this weekend and being that I am apprehensive about large groups of people, your post made me feel a little better, a little less anxious. You are so right…it is so good to know you are a part of something so good and so much bigger then us!! Thanks so much.

Michele June 24, 2008 at 9:55 am

Great pictures and great way to catalogue the memories of the event. My husband’s family reunion is this coming Sunday. Should be just as fun. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer June 24, 2008 at 10:23 am

Sounds wonderful! Peanuts in Pepsi? What is that?

OMSH June 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Fabulous – I was there … well, not really THERE (because then I’d truly be a stalker), but “there” in the sense that I could taste and feel and know it from reading your words.

Thanks for sharing.

A long line of pickers – good thing there was a photo of a man and a guitar or I might have been concerned.

Treemama June 24, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Family…nothing better. Just had one of these myself and had all the same conversations.

Paper Dolls for Boys June 24, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Lovely. I like the way you connected the past & present with the photos. Just lovely.

Ansley June 25, 2008 at 4:50 am

What a wonderful time sharing and caring!

asnipofgoodness June 25, 2008 at 12:21 pm

wonderful post that reminds us all of the good stuff in life, Thank you!

luke July 4, 2008 at 11:49 am

hi mom that is a funee dog

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