I’m off for a family reunion this weekend. See you Tuesday or Wednesday. I might read a little but probably no posting. I’ll have to use the kindle, so I might read a book! I leave with you this recipe for a family reunion.
The following ingredients and instructions will serve for any number of people of any age. Generally these people are related to each other in some way; however, friends are welcome. If group is large, strangers can get by with attending. Often includes grumps, trouble makers, and party poopers. That is okay if ingredients are mixed by gregarious extroverts.
Any date is good; however, special attention should be given to whether or not the date selected is on a major football date. Best not to choose that day if home is not equipped with large screen tv. Other furniture not important; however, house should be large if attended by over forty. Farm is best as it provides overflow and plenty of parking.
Ingredients are as follows: music, stunts, jokes, puzzles, toys, games, crayons, magic markers, etc. (Much food is necessary but that subject is handled in another chapter and is not a part of this writing)
Examples of possible ingredients are as follows:
Any music will do. Banjo players desirable. Suggested: She’ll be comin round the mountain, I’ll Fly Away, are possible choices.
Regarding jokes. Ask participants for new, but ask an expecially loving person to lead laughter for the old ones.
Stunts. Ask older people for clean harmless stunts. Avoid pulling chairs out from anyone.
Toys: Old standbys never lose favor.
Be prepared for camera shots at any moment you are unprepared! When families are called together for family shots, be nice, otherwise your displeasure is sure to show and it will do nothing to make you look better.
These kinds of activities, with much food, will satisfy most attendees for up to eight hours. Especially if presented on a large lot or farm setting where outdoor activities such as horseshoe and croquet can be played, and if food is left on tables.
None of this is guaranteed to satisfy all with addiction to modern tech but you might be surprised what a game of horseshoes can do even for that group. Just don’t feel like a failure if you see cousins “face” calling while sitting across the table from each other. This is not just an addiction of the young folks, but still some over thirty recall talking to one another face to face. So it might happen.
Ignore old grumps, get acquainted with strangers, enliven party poopers if you can, love the babies, and listen to stories of yester-years.
This recipe makes for a great day. Happy Reunion Day!
image: my paternal grandfather’s family Samuel and Margaret Rodger’s family