Sunday, May 23, 2010

Family Reunion

This is a view of the park lake where our family reunion was held today in St. Peters, MO. I am so inspired by water. The turtles and minnows came to the surface when people walked by. They are used to being fed by visitors. Although the temperature climbed to ninety degrees, there was a constant breeze, yummy food, and generations of family on my mother's side. I was proud to introduce my husband, brother, children their spouses, partners and my grandchildren. It was fun to see aunts, uncles, cousins and their children.

Yes, I overate, had a blast with the grandkids, enjoyed talking to my cousins and felt nostalgic and sad missing my mom and looking at my aunts who are getting up in years. It makes me realize, that one day in the not too distant future, my immediate cousins and I will be the oldest generation, but as long as I am in good health and young at heart, I'll accept that position with honor - a changing of the guard, so to speak.

Our common physical traits ranged from that one crooked tooth on the left, to poker straight thick hair (in every shade). We all have a good sense of humor, a positive attitude and faith. My first Sunday School teacher was even present. I reminded her of the potted pansy flowers she gave me every Easter when I was a little girl.

Watching my overheated red-cheeked, two year old grandbaby frolic with her cousins twice removed took me back to the days when I was her age playing with my cousins at our grandmother's.

Time does march on. I am so nostalgic and joyful and thankful this evening. I am blessed!


Susan said...

Hello Linda....We, who have family, are, indeed, blessed beyond measure. So happy you had a wonderful time at the family reunion. Blessings, blessings were heaped upon you. Take care. Sincerely, Susan

Bookie said...

Nice photo and such lovely red shades in your hair! Nice post...a nice opening to summer for you!

Lynn said...

You look so cute in that picture. Glad you had a good time. I have two family reunions coming up and we are blessed as well. Time sure flies though, doesn't it?

irishoma said...

What a special memory to keep for many years.
How truly blessed you are.

K9friend said...

What a nice photo. Reunions certainly are wonderful things!


Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Terrific photo - you look young, vibrant and happy. How fortunate you are to have such extensive roots. My family is scattered far and wide and for this reason reunions are nonexistent. You are very lucky!

Linda O'Connell said...

Thanks everyone. It was a memorable time.
The older I get, the more red my hair looks by the third washing after I color it. Well, it's either this brassy red or else white, because I don't think there's much true brown left anymore. And I'm not ready to go natural just yet. I'd look too much like my brother.