We came together again on Saturday.
The location was different from years past, and the parade of familiar, dear faces was comforting. The volume of noise created by our animated conversations and frequent laughter, was equaled only by the amount of food we prepared and consumed.
Oh my, what great food! Fun was had by all.
The pictures that I downloaded this morning brought bittersweet thoughts. There were many faces missing that should have been there, alongside the others.
My Dad, Steve. Uncle Jimmy. My sweet Grandparents. Cousin Kelly, Robin, and Sonya. Many Aunts and Uncles that have now gone, as well. Others missing, were dear cousins separated by miles that could not be with us that day.
Still, I am thankful for the time spent with those that I love.
We gathered to talk and see one another.
We gathered to tell the stories, that make our family’s story what it is.
Simply stated, unique. We have a special family. We gathered to share time with one another.
The older generations are a wealth of information, in the 'story' department.
I longed to sit each one down, and record each and every story that they could recall, but in a situation where so many are wanting their moment of chat, and rightly so, it is near to impossible.
I smile thinking of the interchanges that were made during our visit. The clatter of talking and laughing. Family gathering together for the purpose of being together.
Some lifted their voices in song.
Beautiful, lilting voices rang out in the space and were enjoyed so much. Thanks to those that shared their voices.
Children darted in and out of small crowds, gathered to discuss whatever the current topic was.
Hands were clapped on backs, in heartfelt greetings, and hearty handshakes were given. Hugs were passed out freely, and smiles were on the faces everywhere you looked.
Eventually , after everyone has eaten their fill and all the kisses and hellos were made, some started packing the dishes they brought.
I can’t help but wonder who among us this year, will be missing come the next.
I hope we continue the gatherings, to preserve the stories and the memories. The coming together of the Arrowoods.
Thanks, everybody, for making this one special.