July is Family Reunion month, but we don’t have to wait for a special occasion to celebrate those cherished memories. Family photos are everywhere in my house. Boxes of prints and hundreds of slides reside in my drawers and closets. Now that I’ve graduated to digital, computer files populate my hard drive. Visions of us polished and positioned for special events – graduations, weddings, and baptisms family and friends return my gaze in my personal gallery along with lop-sided grins and bunny ears at family gatherings. Candid moments and orchestrated tableaus tell the stories of my life. How wonderful to be able to revisit what was then with the perspective of who we are now.
I attended family gatherings this summer for both my family and for my husband’s side. It was such a treat to get reacquainted with folks we hadn’t seen in ages and to meet brand new family members. Wow! I’m a great-great aunt!
Family reunions bring the past together with the present. The lower black and white picture was taken at our family farm and my brothers were thrilled because they got to include their cherished pets. The three women above the children are my mother, her youngest sister and myself. Birthdays…weddings…graduations…these are all cause for celebration. We often talk about the past while looking toward to the future. Take a minute to be in the present moment while you are wandering down memory lane. Be grateful for the friends and family who are in your life at this very minute. I realize this may be a stretch for some and for others it is just routine. Whatever the case may be, keep an open mind and give it a try.
You’ll be glad you did and they will appreciate you appreciating them. Happy travels…
photo credit: BAOverland and LWels