Family Reunion

United States
August 18, 2012 1:22pm CST
My dad's side of the family has had a family reunion every year forever! It started sometime before I was even born and I am 50 now! Anyway back in the day alot of my cousins,aunts and uncles would get together at one place every year. For years it was at a different place. Back in the 1970's the family decided on one place for the reunion,every year. It has gottan to the point hardly anyone shows up anymore! all my uncles and aunts are gone! Alot of my cousins are alot older then me! My dad is the oldest memeber still alive. My brothers attend every year and it gets more depressing every year! I have not been to one in quite awhile! The annual reunion is tomorrow and I plan to stay home. I am still feeling depressed and if I go I will be more! My brother Greg said is no big deal if I don't show up. I can gurentee when my dad passes,the reunion will stop. Sad to say it but it will happen!
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12 responses
@jenny1015 (13404)
• Philippines
15 Sep 12
I think you just need to spice things up for the reunion to make it more inviting to a lot of your relatives. I felt that way, too when I was younger. But one of my uncles just thinks of new things every year to make it more fun for everybody. Now I miss those reunions coz almost all of them are now in the US and they get to have their own family reunion there.
@jenny1015 (13404)
• Philippines
16 Sep 12
I have felt that too before, coz I wasn't really close to my cousins although we see all the time.
@natliegleb (5191)
• India
27 Aug 12
its time for you to be reunited and share each other family feelings,hope you have a nice time together along with brother greg
• United States
31 Aug 12
I never went to the reunion. I decided not to and nobody minded I didn't show up.I had no guilt feeling either! I probaly won't see my family until Thanksgiving. Unless something happens before this!
@silverfox09 (4728)
• United States
22 Aug 12
I have wanted to keep a big family reunion for the some time now especially since I started college but I dont have the time, and most my family live in different part of the world . I think its hard to keep family reunion up . Its really sad to see it end after all those years .
• United States
23 Aug 12
It is sad to see this end. Must of my relatives live in the state. Some live in other parts of the country. My family are just not into a reunion like they used to. I think it has keep going just for my dad's sake. He is not in the world's best health and is 88. This could of been the last one.
• Philippines
19 Aug 12
It is nice that you have the family reunion. We had this when my grandmother was still alive. She was the one inviting people to come. But when she passed away, the reunion stopped.
@R109948 (71)
• Philippines
19 Aug 12
the last time our family had a reunion i guess was abt 6-7 years ago..i miss those times being with the entire family..we usually do our reunion every xmas and new year..but something happens and we no longer celebrate xmas and new year with the entire family clan anymore..i miss those days..hope time will come and we'll again be reunited...
• United States
21 Aug 12
I do get together with the siblings,most of ther neices and nephews at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Never with the extended family! That is just the way my family is! I know other families are much worse! I didn't go yesterday and I am glad I didn't! I am at peace with my decision!
• Philippines
19 Aug 12
we also have our family reunion every year. i guess what really excite us to attend is the different activities that we will be doing while we are there. the organizer really did a good job in planning and thinking of different ways how to make the gathering fun. sometimes we would go camping and it would take days. sometimes we would go to a beach and have a night swimming. just anything to make everybody attend, even the younger ones.
• United States
21 Aug 12
At my family reunion we never have done anyhing like you family has done! I don't know why we never did! I think one of the reasons I hate the reunion it has been so boring and people have lost interested in it! I didn't yesterday and I am fine with that!I don't think I missed anything!
@jricky1 (6810)
• China
19 Aug 12
Our family also has a reunion every year and that's basically because it's new year fasterial and that's biggie than any other days.So i also think of that because not every people are getting along really well,so maybe after my grandma passed away,it seems not easy than get that reunion.
• United States
21 Aug 12
With my family is always the same sunday in August. If it was not for one neice-in-law and my older brother I would not of ever thought about it! I didn't go and I am at peace with that. People have just lost interest in the reunion! Plain and simple!
@ARIES1973 (8753)
• Legaspi, Philippines
18 Aug 12
It is also good to have a reunion with our family so that we can be updated on what is happening to our relatives from time to time. It can be of help also for connections. If it is too much of a hassle, you can schedule it every other year perhaps. But personally, having a reunion is a good thing to do.
• United States
21 Aug 12
The reunion is always the same sunday in August every year. Lately I just have forgottan about it. If it was not for my older brother and neice-in-law I would of not remmebered it. Reunions have never been my thing and I did not go yesterday. I know my brother would understand why i was not there. Sister and dad aren't understaning with stuff like that! I don't feel bad about it at all! I did the right thing!
@GemmaR (8528)
18 Aug 12
It is great that you get the chance to meet up with your family, because this is something that so many people just don't get the chance to do in the modern world, partly because of the fact that most people are so busy. I meet up with my family once each year as well, and it is usually around Christmas time because it is the only time that people are all off work and able to get to the other side of the country. I meet up with the other side of my family a lot more often because we all live close together and that means that it is very rare that a week goes by when we are not able to see each other.
• United States
21 Aug 12
I see my family,the siblings,neieces,nephews and dad always at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sometimes at other times of the year. I knew if I went yesterday I would not of seen my nieces and nephews. My brothers and sister where there. I know my dad was and so was Nancy his girlfriend. Maybe a a few cousins and that would of been it. It was just something I didn't want to do. Not depressed anymore! Felling nothing now which is great! I hate feeling depressed!
@MandaLee (3203)
• United States
18 Aug 12
My family reunion was earlier this summer. The reunion is the highlight of the year for my Great Aunt, who is 91 years old. Despite a small turnout, everyone who came had a wonderful time. I hope that our reunions continue even after my Aunt is no longer with us.
• United States
21 Aug 12
I get the feeling when my dad passes no more reunion! People have lost their interest in the reunion! I always hated going as a kid but I was a kid! Hated ,alot of the time, as an adult,too! Not my favorite thing! I decided not to go yesterday and I am ok with that. Not depressed anymore just feeliong nothing at this time which is fine with me!
@jillhill (37358)
• United States
18 Aug 12
The cousins on my dad's side still meet every year too..and we have a good turnout. usually it's on my weekend to work but sometimes I do get to attend and it is alot of fun! My own family...brother, sisters and all our kids and their kids have a weekend once a year in the summer where we all stay together at a cabin. We have a card tournament...swim....go boating...it was just last weekend in fact in Siren Wisconsin! It was amazing!
• United States
21 Aug 12
When my family has a reunion it as the local park in the town I grew up. We just sit around eat,drinkk ber,soda and talk. Noboby really does anything else! Like I said the attendance has gottan really bad! My family,extended,has never been close. It is better then some families are!
@tetris15 (541)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
Family reunions are really hard to keep but your family managed to keep it until now though not really complete every year, but still it is not forgotten. If you are not feeling excited about it, by all means don't go. But come to think of it, it only happens once in a year and you said that you haven't been to one in quite a while. Maybe you could just bring a friend to chat with so you will not feel depressed about the whole thing.
• United States
21 Aug 12
I decided not to go after all. I just felt it was not something I wanted to do. I know my brothers would understand. My sister is another story! Anyway I am not feeling depressed anymore. I just feeling nothing. Like I am on the fence. As long as I am depressed I don't car how I feel!