I could have chosen music for this week’s OSF theme in my sleep. I already have an iPod playlist full of songs to play on a Saturday afternoon under the picnic shelter, holding somebody’s new baby, barbeque sauce drying on my chin, top button of my jeans undone, listening for the umpteenth time to the story about [fill in the blank with an oft-told family story from your experience].
I have recently returned “home” after being away in other cities (and one other country) for two decades. Being so close to family again has had its good points and its not-so-good. But I would not change it—especially at this time in my life—for all the world.
Our family reunions as of the past several years have been pretty elaborate affairs: t-shirts, casino night, raffles, meet-end-greets, huge trays of food, family talent show, formal group photographs. At some point we all decided that we needed to get together for more than just funerals—this, after getting together for the 4th or 5th funeral.
As the oldest grandchild, I find that I am now moving into being an “elder.” I don’t know how I feel about this. I certainly do not feel like an “elder.” Now that I am back, I suspect that more will be expected of me…that I’ll have to take on more responsibilities for the reunion and other family drama business. (I already messed up by missing the first family reunion planning meeting of the year. I have, apparently, been forgiven.)
I can only hope that I will be as up for the task as this current generation has been. In the meantime, maybe I can get away with just being the family DJ…
Grab a plate, y’all, and enjoy a few of my favorite family reunion tunes. At the Scribe family reunion if you’re here, you’re family.
“Grazing in the Grass” by Hugh Masekela
“Summer Madness” by Kool and the Gang
“Golden time of Day” by Maze
“Tighten Up, Pt 1” by Archie Bell and the Drells