Fifteen years ago we – my husband, daughter, son & I – attended a large family reunion in upstate New York. It included 18 of us – my parents, sisters, brother, spouses and all 7 cousins/grandchildren plus family friends. It was the first (and only) “away” reunion held at an all inclusive facility on Lake Teedysuskung in the Pocono Mountains. Reunions had been held at my parents’ or sister’s homes until that year.
My parents were the hosts (ie: paying for it) and were anxious for everyone to partake in all the activities…especially the 7 grandchildren.
Keeping everyone well fed, happy and engaged (ages ranging from almost 5 to 74) was no easy task.
As might be expected, there were some conflicts and misunderstandings along with the fun and camaraderie. Unbeknownst to all of us, it would be another 10 years before the 7 cousins were together again.
One image stands out in my memory from that special time together.
The kids laughing and jumping off the dock.
Where we went swimming, boating…and watched the sun set one evening.
A slight breeze gently skimming the surface…
A welcome sight after a long…busy…active…drama-filled day.
When I saw this week’s theme, one image instantly came to mind. A photograph I took several decades ago (35 mm)…but still remaining one of my favorites. This father and son inhabit the definition of play – the joy, the connection – and the give & take fun they are having playing together. Plunges into the lake, safely held tight and swooped up into the air. Over and over. At the age of almost 3 it doesn’t get much better than that.