Family Reunion Season

It’s family reunion season. Family reunions have always been something that I could take or leave.  (Please don’t take away my Black Card.)  We were never extremely close to our extended family. I just kinda thought it was all cliché; the people I’d probably never see again or only at weddings and funerals, the t-shirts, and the photos.

Maybe it’s because I’m turning 30 this year (Even though my relatives swear I’m only 19), but I have a new respect for spending time with family—close and extended.  I am on the planning committee for one of my family reunions.  I am the only person under the age of 40 on the committee.  Just to be in the presence of these wisdom warriors is inspiring.

Listening to them recall growing up back in the day, the switch, “Big Mother”,  and all of the fond memories they shared as tots brings me joy.  It makes me think about my childhood. I remember sitting on the stoop on Main Street hearing Saturday Love playing on the radio.  I get Goosebumps anytime someone mentions Honeydrippers, pig feet, and crabs.  I was never into the latter, but it’s so intrinsic into many of the family events that fill my memories.

Just writing this feels me with great joy.  We have such a rich history as African Americans.  From Slavery to the era of the first (well first admitted) African American president, we have so much to be proud of.  We have so much to learn from our elders, and so much to share with our youth.  Sure, there are generational gaps, but I think that’s where family reunions come in.  They help close the gaps, create tradition, and reinforce values.

If you were on the fence about going to your family reunion—jump over the fence.  As a matter of fact, get involved. Make the family reunion a teaching opportunity for everyone.

Bridge the technological gap. Document and digitize your family history by creating a family website, tracing your ancestry, or digitizing family photos.

Connect with your family members beyond the reunion through Facebook and other social mediums.

Don’t make it just about food.  Provide informative information in your field.  (For example, if you are in the medical field –Diabetes, Financial Industry – Retirement plans)

Promote Healthy Choices – Last week at my Sheppard Family Reunion, they had adults vs. kids’ kickball game.  Also, you can never g wrong with fresh fruit like watermelon.

Also, you cannot forget to purchase the family reunion shirt. Matter of fact; dig the old ones out of the attic. Save them for your children.

Are you going to your family reunion? What traditions does your family have? What do you enjoy most about spending time with your family?

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Tiá Jones, MBA is the owner of the fastest growing online community for women of color. Tiá is also the blogger and creator of The Hostess Chick, and CEO of New Legacy Services, LLC, a small business coaching company.

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