I am so excited! I’m going to a family reunion in April! Some people think that a family reunion is boring although most genealogists consider any family get-together as an opportunity to ask questions and gather more information and research clues.
A few years ago, the children of my mother and her sisters decided that we needed to spend some quality time together. I was enthusiastic and jumped into the planning right away. Altogether, there are seven of us who are first cousins, and various combinations of us have gotten together once or twice a year for the last three years, along with our spouses or significant others. We’ve chosen birthdays or holidays (the last two Thanksgivings), and we’ve rotated around to different places. We’ve included friends in our reunions because they, too, are special members of our family. We are a fun-loving group of cousins who are not afraid of the occasional comical greeting card or e-mail, a good-natured practical joke, or sending or receiving what we call “the dreaded brown paper package” that might contain something funny, silly, or altogether impractical. (Recent packages have included a huge hairy spider for a cousin bitten by a nasty arachnid, a glow-in-the-dark dolphin Christmas tree, and wadded newspaper that buried a loving birthday card.) It’s a fun group that has adopted the fun name, “The Blackhearts.”
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