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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Family Reunion

Our McMillion Family Reunion is Saturday!

I've got my pile of vintage tablecloths ready. 
Thirty should be enough, don't you think?
I put these over the picnic tables.

Below is a poem I wrote.
It is a fictional account of a fun family reunion!

The Family Reunion

The road goes up, down and all around, on the way to our family reunion.
Back through the hills to my Uncle Bills, we are going to our family reunion.
We will drive the dirt road, with our carload, up to the end of the holler.
And this time of year, every year, we get to see all of our cousins.

We start to unpack and I grab a quick snack as Sis runs for the babies.
Mom fans her face while Grandpa says grace over the food and the fixin’s.
We see tall Uncle Matt who wears a big hat and is married to short Aunt Bertha.
And this time of year, every year, we get to see all of our cousins.

I scare Uncle Jack who pats my back and I hug my sweet Aunt Gracie.
We eat more than our share, without any care, on the tables under the shelter.
We see Uncle Dan and Grandma Fran who forgets more than she remembers.
And this time of year, every year, we get to see all of our cousins.

Oh what a sight as the cats start to fight and knock over the Kool Aid and coffee.
Dad strums his guitar and I show off my scar when we swim down at the river.
We see big Uncle Jim and Great Aunt Em who brings her black cat named Tilly.
And this time of year, every year, we get to see all of our cousins.

I jump over some logs, catch some bull frogs and fall in a patch of ivy.
We pitch horseshoes, take a snooze, and see who can spit the farthest.
We see Aunt Connie sip tea while old Uncle Lee tells us his many war stories.
And this time of year, every year, we get to see all of our cousins.

“Gee, it’s been fun, but we’ve got to run,” says Mom to Uncle Dilbert.
We say our good-byes, wipe the tears from our eyes and load the old station wagon.
We will miss them all, each one and all, even the dog that bit me.
But this time next year, every year, we will go back to see all of our cousins.

The road goes down, up and all around, on the way back from our family reunion.


  1. This so lifted my draggy spirits on this sunny day. So much sadness lately with losing my brother in law that it was good to just let loose and laugh as I read this.
    Great poem and great job by a great lady.
    Thanks, my dear friend, Janet, for writing from memories in my own head. It sounded so like reunions I remember.
    Blessings. B

  2. My family reunions always involved choice words and tempers flaring -- yours sound much better! And hey, congrats on your May Marionette WIN.

  3. Hi Janet,
    What a cute poem. Yes I think that will be plenty of tableclothes. I use mine for picnics too. Have fun, hope you have good weather.
    Nancy Jo

  4. What a fun read Janet! I enjoyed it so much; almost felt like I was there.

  5. I don't recall ever being at a family reunion but your poem made it sound like fun.

    Would love to see your tablecloths spread out in the fresh air. Will you have to iron all of them when the fun is over?

  6. I love this Janet and the memories it brings. Sounds like some of our reunions over the years. We're having one in a few weeks. It's that time of year.. Susie

  7. Oh, Janet, I just love your poem about the family reunion. This reminds me so much of my own family. You did a wonderful job capturing the reunion. We're planning a family reunion Saturday week. I imagine some of my relatives look a lot like these folks in your poem. Great job!

  8. Enjoyed your poem! Hope lots of cousins show up for your reunion!

  9. What a sweet poem you've written! Loved it ! Family reunion sounds so much fun and fulfilling. Our relationships makes us our life worth living.
    Are you Relatively Perfect?
    See yourself as your family sees you.

  10. Love the poem Janet! Oh, that sounds like so much fun. I came from a small family and never had the opportunity to attend a big family reunions when I was growing up. It sounds like so much fun! My husband has a wonderful, medium to large sized family and I enjoy getting together with them every few years for weddings and family events. But it is a different kind of reunion, more like the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding!" Have you ever seen that? It is a delightful movie. I hope you have a great time with your family and get to: "Be loved and love others, up one side and down the other!", as my mom used to say! Delisa :)

  11. Janet -- family reunions can be such fun. I remember them as a child -- for me that was the best time. When you are a child you can pretty much run and play all day and get out of most of the work. Good post -- barbara

  12. I loved your poem, Janet! It reminded me of the children's book, "When the Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant.
    I only remember going to one family reunion as a child and there were so much food and just as many flies!

  13. I hope you had a blast at your family reunion and aren't too worn out. LOL


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