The importance of family reunions

Reconnecting and recharging

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This past weekend, I went to the family reunion for my mother’s side.  I live several hundred miles, and a few states, away from that side of the family.  So, unfortunately, I don’t get to talk or interact with my extended family as much as I should.

I was looking forward to this weekend but, I didn’t realize how the impression it would leave on me.  Going home, I got to meet a baby nephew for the first time.  I saw cousins I hadn’t seen in decades and got to interact the next generation of young people in my family.  You know what?  I come from a GREAT group of people!

I found out about people in my family who were highly-accomplished and paid tribute to  elders who passed on to be with the ancestors.  In a matter of a few hours, I got to be part of something greater than myself with people who only wanted to know whose child I was and expressed love for me just because we are part of the same whole.

This is why family reunions are so important. They remind you of the foundation on which you are built.  They allow you a place of honesty and openness.  Most importantly, they remind you of the blessing of family.

I know not everyone can say the same but, if you are also so blessed, I hope that you will take the time to be a part of one.  For me, it’s left an impression that I hope will not only make me a better me but, hopefully, an even better husband and father, thanks to those examples from which I can draw.

So, again, if it’s been too long, re-connect with you loved ones.  Not only is it good for preserving those relationships; it’s good for the soul.

Written by JP Smith

A self-proclaimed "technologist...with attitude", I'm a forty-something husband, father and IT professional/enthusiast. I believe that learning and growth are lifelong endeavors.