Sunday, April 28, 2013

Family Reunions~Are They A Thing Of The Past?

OK~ I am thinking about family tonight while looking at our summer calendar. I found myself thinking back to the simpler times. Family reunions used to be the first thing that went on the family calendar, not so much in today's fast paced world. We took a little "extended" family cruise this past March, are smaller reunions more popular today? To get 10 of us on the boat at the same time, it took some major planning~ 15 months, to be exact!

Let's take a stroll back in time when the times sure seemed a lot simpler, or maybe it was just the fact that I lived on a farm in Iowa and my summer revolved around the crops. I had several 4-H projects that I had to kick into high gear once school was out for the summer. June brought a lot of picking up of rocks in the fields, which quickly transitioned into a lot of bean walking. Then the county fair happened the end of July, and it meant that we still had the heat of August to look forward to; which quickly meant lots of sweetcorn on the supper table!

An annual family reunion was tossed into the mix. There were no ifs, ands, nor buts, we all had to go. Families attended and everyone looked forward to it. The family reunions that we have recently been a part of are held yearly and every three years. The ones that are held every three years have much better attendance than those held every year. Due to my husband's work schedule, Sunday afternoon reunions are impossible for our whole family to attend.

So-- this leads me to where my thoughts took me. Is Social Media partly to blame for people not attending family reunions? Is it the fact that people work many more hours/days than they used to? Or, are family reunions simply things of the past?

Wondering if my boys will see the value of a family reunion in 20+ years. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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