There’s nothing like family, and I’ve come to realize this now more than I ever have before this weekend. I have had the pleasure of hanging out with “both” sides, maternal and paternal, of my family. Every Father’s Day weekend, my dad’s family has a reunion. It started out 50 years ago with my great-grandfather’s children honoring him and having a potluck during the first Father’s Day after my great-grandmother died. I actually found out this weekend that the potluck was my grandmother’s idea. In February of this year, my cousin sent a mass text to all of the grandchildren and requested our presence at the reunion, which is held in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. After my grandmother passed last month, I knew that I had to come back to South Carolina and attend the events of the weekend. I was able to see my aunts, uncles, cousins, and was able to meet some new family members. (I’m sure we’ll connect on Facebook soon!) I had a great time; Friday was the fish fry on the family property, Saturday was the banquet, and Sunday was church and the Lowcountry boil and cookout under the tent on the family land. Needless to say I got some good eating done, as only we Southerners can do! I even got to hang out a little with my firstcousins, which is always fun in and of itself!
Once the paternal side activities were done, I travelled to Georgia where my mom’s family rented a house for the week. A few years back, my family decided to travel every other year for a week and rent a house in a different location. In addition to seeing my mom, grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins that live in my hometown, I was also able to see my aunt that lives in Nebraska, who brought her two grandsons, and my aunt that lives in New York! And I met my new 2 month old cousin, who is absolutely adorable! And he is spoiled rotten! It seems like I came on the right day because one of my uncles cooked out on the grill and I went to the beach with my mom and had some bonding time. What was supposed to be a day trip turned into an overnighter as I went with them into the city and came back way too late to drive back to South Carolina. So, as luck would have it, my mom had some extra PJ’s, which I’m tempted to take back with me to DC, and I had a scarf in the trunk, so I slept in one of the many rooms in this house. We got up and had breakfast together, which was really nice and I knew was going to be good as EVERYBODY in my family can cook! I’m so tempted to stay another day, but duty calls, so travel back to the city I must. I’ve never been on the family vacation with my mom’s family, so this was a great experience for me.
This trip has been a nice change of pace for me and very refreshing. My families are loving, supportive, and everyone has hearts of gold. Now, I’m not saying that my families are perfect, but when we need each other, we are always there, and that’s what matters most. Are there any traditions that your family has? Do you participate? What’s your favorite family memory? Please feel free to share. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!