I have two sisters and two brothers all of whom are
married. Earlier this month we lost a
brother-in-law quite suddenly. He was
the first among my siblings or siblings’ spouses to go so it was a very
difficult time for my family. Many of
our cousins and other relatives attended the funeral. We are not close to our cousins and (sadly)
we all typically see each other only at funerals. Because our heads were in such a fog that day,
it was almost impossible to get better acquainted with other family members
that we rarely see.
That got me to thinking about family reunions. In the past I tended to poo-poo such events
and often took the ‘awe, do I really have to go?’ attitude. Going forward I’m going to try looking at
these get-togethers a little differently and embrace them as joyous
The challenge with family reunions can be starting a
conversation with someone you barely know.
Asking about ones hobbies, musical tastes, movies or vocations (or
vacations) are obvious places to start.
Simple games with which young and old alike can participate can also be
good conversation / laughter starters!
The following are some ideas that take little or no planning or
Egg (or water balloon) toss --
Divide up into teams of two and toss an egg (or balloon) to your
partner, gradually expanding the distance between. The winner is the last team to have an
unbroken egg or water balloon!
How long has it been since you’ve been in a
three-legged race? All you need here is
something to bind you and your partner’s legs together and go for it. (You might leave the older folks out of this
one as a trip to the emergency room will dampen the best of parties.)
Charades or Pictionary are classics and are
always fun and easy.
And if you REALLY want to get to know one
another, there’s always spin-the-bottle! Ha-Ha! J
Bottom line . . . . anytime you get the chance to hook up
with family, take it along with a photo album to share! Along with myself, I also encourage you to
embrace the uniqueness of your family.
Unless you fight like cats and dogs, you won’t regret it! Appreciate that our time here is limited so
enjoy and get-to-know your peeps while they’re still around.
Have a safe, fun and happy