Friday, August 29, 2014

Family Reunions: Linking the Past, Present, and Future Part 2

Family reunions are the backbone to a strong family, linking the past, present, and future together with unconditional love.

Great family reunions don’t just happen; they take hard work and commitment. In Family Reunions: Linking the Past, Present, and Future Part 1, I focused on  
  • The Planning Committee
  • The Events 
  • The Connections
  • The Support
  • The Future
Well, we had our family reunion a few weeks ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We
supported family members' talents by having an amazing family art fair. Family members, from age 4 on up, brought their artwork. We displayed the pieces in our hospitality suite and in the hallway in front of the hospitality suite. The pieces were a creative collection of jewelry, photography, and artwork created from fiber, paint, and pencil. The “artists” (although we have three professional artists in our family, each piece was remarkable) had an opportunity to explain their creative expressions, and we learned more about our family members because of the art fair. For example, the 4-year old has his own portfolio. He paints alongside his artist grandmother.

Think about the talent in your family: music, writing, science, engineering, math, and comedy. If you have poetry writers, have a poetry slam. If you have musicians, put on a concert. If you have comedians, have a comedy show.

Making connections is important so you can stay in touch between reunions. I made a connection at our family reunion. My daughter lives in a different part of the state, so I don’t see her as often as I like. We are University of Michigan grads, and we started talking about how students are so busy, they don’t get the opportunity to really enjoy Ann Arbor. We decided to meet each other in Ann Arbor the following weekend to really enjoy Ann Arbor.

My daughter and I ate lunch and dinner at Zingerman’s. This is a “must eat at” restaurant with excellent food and excellent customer service. We were even able to eat on the patio with little Toto (who is recovering from a knee injury) in his stroller.

We visited Matthaei Botanical Gardens. It has beautiful themed gardens including a children’s garden.

We also strolled through Nichols Arboretum. The Arb is a peaceful setting that includes trails, grassy areas for picnics, and views of Lake Huron.

“Generations pass like leaves fall from our family tree. Each season new life blossoms and grows benefiting from the strength and experience of those who went before” ~ Heidi Swapp
Making connections is important for ensuring the future of a family. It is well worth the time and effort to plan and establish family reunions.

How have your family ties shaped your life? This is the story in you. Share it.

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