Big Picinc

@Anne18 (11036)
May 25, 2009 11:19am CST
Now firstly what I am about to write I DO agree totally with what I am going to write and in theory I do think this is a brill idea but in practice I don't think it would work. Somewhere in England today there is meant to be the biggest picinc happening when they hope to get as many families together as possible for this event. Reason being there has been a poll taken somewhere and the results out were that most families only spend 45 mins together as a family every day and that is either eating together or watching tv together..... now a lot more families spend a lot more time together including my own family. So the idea for this event was born. Now I'm not wanting to look on the negitive side as I think it is a brill idea but I can just see everyone eating together and then the children wanting to play with friends etc and the adults wanting to chat, this happening and really things not being that much different to a normal day. What do you think?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
25 May 09
I think it sounds like a fun thing to do. we ak=ll need to spend more time w/family & friends. i bet the kids have a good time. if u go hope u have a big time.
@Anne18 (11036)
25 May 09
I'm sure they all had a good time, weather has been fab today. We didn't go as it was the other end of the country, I just read about it happening in the national newspaper.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
25 May 09
oh poo, i thought u were going. sorry about that. hope u have had a good day anyway.
@Uroborus (910)
• Canada
25 May 09
I agree. It seem like a great idea in principle, but it seems to me that if a person has already made the time to go to this huge picnic, then, as you're about to leave with your family, then take your food and family and go somewhere else to have a picnic in private. Since so many people will be at that one location, many of the other sites will be less busy, and then you can truly enjoy some quality time with your family. There seems to be this trend these days of trying to fix big problems by having big events. The thing about big events is that they are difficult and time consuming to organize. Events such as this are, by their nature, a one-time thing. How can another be organized so soon afterward. Often big problems require lots of little solutions. Go for a walk with your family for just minutes after eating dinner, perhaps at a local park. The walking is good for togetherness, and helps you digest your food as a bonus. If you have young children, read to them at bedtime for even just 10 minutes. Cultivate small things such as these, and step by step you will change your habits, and then find that you are spending more time with your family without having to think about it. Going to a large bash tends to drain your energy, and makes you feel that making family time is exhausting and time consuming, when actually it isn't.
@Anne18 (11036)
25 May 09
You speak such wise words,would take far to long to write a comment to all your bits and the message you have given would be lost. So wise words is all need I need to say.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
25 May 09
Americans love a Picnic, we have a really big one all across the country for the 4th of July, to celebrate our independence. I don't know how many who live in the big cities are able to join in but in smaller towns where there are parks and in rural areas everybody picnics. I don't think is causes any body to have a closer family connection but maybe it does.
@Anne18 (11036)
25 May 09
I think it is a good idea, we as a family go for many picnic's throughout the whole year, there is somethnig about standing against a fence in the winter eating and watching the countryside. Would be nice to think it makes us closer, espically if the lead person does team games etc. I do find that in theory a lot of things sound really good but when put into practice fall apart, like a group of houses sharing one garden or the walking bus, in this case have read many stories how some parents refuse to do there turn due to naughty children not doing as they are told etc........ its such a shame as with the right people these things could be real great for society. Hope yours on the 4th goes well and its sunny
@camomom (7537)
• United States
27 May 09
I agree with you 100%. I don't see anything being any different from any other day.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
26 May 09
That will be good and that everybody can have lotsa fun, not just the children ^_^ Just invite all family and frenz, letting everybody mingle around, and who knows that there might even be a surprise?? haha =D ON top of that it's close to nature and something totally different from those ballroom parties etc.. This is more casual and comfortable.. Also, one might even get to make new frenz too ^_^ I do think that will work though and once it happens, it will just keep happening.. haha =D Anyway, picnic is cheap and all food are mostly home made too.. haha =D
@4mymak (1796)
• Malaysia
26 May 09
i would agree to a big-picnic-idea, also... and we do have that, but maybe in a smaller scale - like a company picnic or 'family-day'.. get to know your colleagues. plus the family outside the office.. if it was 'public event'.. no doubt it will 'attract' a lot of 'participants', but i think the adults would still very 'cautious' and not simply interact with each other, whereas the children may simply play with the other children.. and most probably the parents will end up just 'watching over' the kidz.. .. and that doesnt really let the family a lot time to be 'together', does it? if the idea to have 'together time' with the family.. maybe the family should go out on 'their own'.. or just stay at home and do things together..
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
26 May 09
I think family picnics are wonderful, I never had a chance to have a family picnic with extended family but I think there is not enough family activities done anymore.
• United States
25 May 09
I think the whole idea behind the Big Picnic is to get families to spend more time together, its hard to start traditions because people forget from year to year about what's at stake. I would go and then tell everybody how much fun it was and also see if there is a committe that you can get on to help plan the next one.
@bdugas (3584)
• United States
25 May 09
I guess the idea of them just being together would be ok, hell my family out with friends or stayed at friends house last night so they could be there with them today. Don't believe family means as much today as it did when I grew up, supper was at 6 and you better be in that chair unless you in the hospital. Everyone has a different life now and we tend to just go on that way rather than make waves. Kids want to do what they want, spending time with family is dull. When they get families then they will releaze what it means. I think it was a good idea, and but kids want to be with kids. If they wanted it to just be family then they should do something all together that everyone liked and make it clear this is a family day.
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
25 May 09
sounds about right to me thats how it always go with our get togethers
@caver1 (1765)
• United States
25 May 09
Of course nothing wrong with a big picnic, but I agree it probably will not promote bonding of the immediate family. Sometimes our church will have picnic so lots of people will be there. Since my kids are teens we will probably not even sit together to eat. We all have a great time though. When just our family goes on a picnic, we may play frisbee together or hike if the park has trails.