Heart of the Home

| June 2005

A Letter From Kate

Dear Readers,

I enjoy family reunions. They give me a chance to see relatives I haven't seen in a while and meet new additions to the family. My extended family is small, and we don't get together all that often. But my husband, Jay, has a close extended family.

Jay's family is much larger than mine, and they are dedicated to getting together every two years. His grandmother had five brothers and three sisters. Those who are still with us bring their families and meet every June on the even years, at an old community building not far from where they grew up. We enjoy a potluck meal, and homemade ice cream is the highlight of the day.

The first time I went to one of the Jones family reunions, I was overwhelmed by the number of people. Relatives had come from several states, and it was hard to remember who was from where. I tried my best to match the names and faces, and to which part of the family they belonged. Now that I know most of them, I look forward to seeing everyone.

One of my favorite things about the reunion is that no woman leaves without one of Aunt Ramona's crochet-topped dish towels. Every year, she spends a great deal of time creating these colorful towels, and she fills a large box with them to distribute. She makes many different kinds, so there is sure to be one to go with any kitchen color scheme. I was delighted the first time I learned of this tradition. It was like getting a party favor.

I feel fortunate to be part of such a large family. I enjoy the small, relaxed gatherings of my immediate family, but it's exciting to go to a large reunion, where there are so many people, all happy to see each other and eager to share the events of their lives. In some ways, I think I have the best of both worlds.

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