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Another Year, Another Reunion
weekend was our big family reunion weekend in Tennessee. My
mother's family and my aunts and uncles from around the country
meet in a town so small that the population is probably doubled
by our presence. I get lost every time I try to find it. Did you
know there are still actually towns that do not have an
Anyhow, we only got lost once when we turned at 2.5 miles like
Mapquest said instead of going to the next corner where there
was a large sign saying to turn right. So much for getting
All my kinfolks were there. I think I must be getting old as I
actually enjoyed seeing them. I used to hate going to these
things. Now it is the next generation that whines and refuses to
come instead of mine.
All my children and grandchildren were there. We are almost a
family reunion without any other relatives. It was the first
time all my grandchildren have all been together that I can
recall. I was in grandma heaven.
My parents don't travel much any more, and they had driven down
with my sister from St. Louis, so it was a rare opportunity for
all of us to be together. My mother is always hyper when around
her relatives and has just realized that I write. "Watch
what you say or it will end up in one of her columns," she
told everyone. That was really conducive to conversation.
Actually, I don't remember anyone saying much that was worthy of
repeating. My cousin reminded me that when we were in high
school, he had to do a book report on "Lord Jim". He
didn't read the book, but I apparently did and told him what it
was about. He got an A and "Well Done" written on his
paper in red. Don't tell anyone.
I didn't remember that incident, but I did remember that I never
could do math, especially word problems, and I always had to go
to his house for help with homework. We both went to the same
high school. He also had a little sports car that I thought was
cool because it turned corners at high speed without leaning.
A different cousin mentioned that we only live 50 miles apart
but see each other only at the family reunion. That's true. If
it were not for reunions I wonder if we would never see each
other at all, or if we would make the effort to get together
There was a good turnout this year, probably over a hundred
people. My grandparents sure did their share to create a
population explosion. Most of the people there I didn't know.
They were children or grandchildren of distant cousins. Sure
makes you feel old. We started a new tradition this year, name
The cousins of my generation remember when we were all little
children and went to my grandparents' house for the reunion. We
slept on featherbeds or quilts on the floor and thought that was
a great thing. There was also the proverbial outhouse, which we
didn't think was so great. Later my grandparents moved to a
house with a real bathroom and an attic to sleep in with peeling
wallpaper and a curtain on a string for a door.
Big Papa and Big Mama are long dead now and two of the older
aunts are in nursing homes. We used to talk of not having a
reunion any more due to age, medical conditions and distance,
but the reunion just keeps on happening. I didn't used to care
one way or another, but the older I become, the more it seems to
Like I said, I know I must be getting old when I start to
actually enjoy seeing relatives.
Copyright 2006 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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