Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Family Affair

As promised, I am back today with a short recap of a family reunion that we attended in Reform, AL a few weeks ago. As I mentioned before, the reunion was held at the family's old home. In years' past, there had been several different structures on the property, including a barn, fencing for animals, and {I believe} a silo of sorts. Now, however, all that remains are the original home and relics of memories past.

It was a rather hot day, and the house on the property doesn't have a/c so we spent most of our time outside and under shade. Eating watermelon and drinking water were the only things that kept us cool so we definitely indulged in those activities!

Canon found plenty of ways to entertain himself, including pretending that his great great aunt's walker was a race car. Oh, the imagination of my little boy.

Perhaps the most exciting event that happened came when one of the "kids" that grew up in this house remembered burying a treasure in the yard. You see the guy in the gray shirt on the left of the picture? That's Butch, my dad's cousin. He said he remembered burying $0.35 as a boy along the now-long-gone fence line. He brought a metal detector and a shovel to see if he could find it - for posterity's sake. Of course, an entire group of people decided to help and it turned into a hilariously entertaining sideshow for those of us in the "audience". Just picture large group of folks following around a metal detector and digging a hole any time a beep sounded. There are now at least 15-20 new holes in the yard in random places. It's a good thing no one actually lives there anymore, otherwise there would surely be some twisted ankles in the future.

They found nails, screws, small pieces of metal tools, but the vast treasure? Nope. Never found. Speculation was that as soon as Butch buried his loot all those years ago that one of his brothers immediately dug it back up. That money would have bought a comic or some candy that no doubt was enjoyed unbeknownst to Butch. Poor kid.

After finally giving up the search for the lost treasure, Canon decided to join in on a game of croquet. Actually, he decided to join the girls and they just happened to be playing a game.

The boy does love girls. I had to explain to him that just because he didn't know them didn't mean they weren't family.  #keepawayson

Before our meal, my grandmother's brother led the family in prayer, thanking God for bringing everyone together. I know it isn't a great picture, but it is priceless to me to see such a strong faith being represented by multiple generations.

We had a wonderful time connecting with family members we rarely see, laughing at stories from days gone by, and eating more food than we knew we should. We are so blessed to have the family that we have - and I am so glad that we got to know some of them more on this day.

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