> An aunt in Seattle told me we had this family reunion in December 1999 partly because Uncle J found out that his son’s got a crush on a beautiful girl. This girl turned to be a second cousin! So before the crush turned into something romantic, he suggested we all gather for a reunion and get to know new members of the family.
Plans were immediately made. Everyone was notified and encouraged to make time for the event. In our case about six generations were involved and showed up so we called it a clan reunion. We are a huge clan I almost didn’t notice that another cousin was flying home on the same plane with me.
Three great aunts who were widowed for a long time were going senile and were behaving like frustrated spinsters. Uncles talk business-like with great uncles. Another old maid aunt couldn’t help implying that she preferred the old Filipino tradition of hand-kissing over “Hi Auntie!” We gladly obliged as she was paying for the eat-all-you-can snacks 🙂 Many of the kids provided musical entertainment. The city mayor gave a speech at the opening ceremony.
The happy chatter was endless. Food was fabulous. Bonding even more so. At the final day, I don’t know what went into a few elders’ heads. They insisted I accompanied them on the piano when they sang a very old gospel song. It’s sooo unfair. The rest of the cousins my age were goofing with each other. I begged them to hold whatever they were feasting on and wait for me til I was done obeying the ‘olds’. They just laughed and told me to hurry back.