This family reunion began with my wanting to honor the memory of two deceased sisters by organizing a get together for their children, cousins who live in Minnesota and Iowa. What became of that intention was better than anything I could have imagined.
Sixteen of us, a multi-generational group, gathered for a day in the park in Clear Lake, Iowa. The day was magnificent, the setting inviting. There was an abundance of good will and good humor. A nephew summed it up this way: “The children played well together—and so did the adults!" I created a ‘world to play in,’ and that’s what our family reunion became.
We honored family past and present, remembered those no longer with us and caught up on one another’s lives. I was delighted with the caring, funny and focused human beings my nieces and nephews have become. All are grandparents now. To see them with their grandchildren warms my heart. "Attention is the greatest generosity," it has been said. I was looking at generosity--and I knew it.
Much to my delight, reunion-goers want more! I’ve cautioned everyone I won’t be planning another until I’ve savored every last bit of what was so sweet in this one.