Every year we have an enormous Family Reunion and today is that day! When I say enormous I mean just that. It is not uncommon to have upward of 150 show up.
I married into this family and the first time the day rolled around I was lost in the faces. Few I had ever met and it has taken me years to get to the point where I can remember most of their names.
This tradition is hosted by my husbands parents, who are both still living. Though many of their 15 combined siblings have passed, they have more than filled vacant seats with grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Folks let me tell you, this is a serious southern gathering. My in laws are no ordinary people to be sure. Everyone loves them and no one ever wants to miss the gathering. Cousins, nieces, nephews with a friend or two mixed in show up each year.
My father-n-law lost his first wife in a car accident many years ago now and was left to take care of his two young daughters. Their birth mother was Snowdell Samples and that left him with a slew of relatives from his first marriage.
Now, so that this story gives you a better picture of the folks at this gathering, let me tell you who Snowdell Samples was. She was the sister of Junior Samples of Hee Haw.
For those reading this that do not know what Hee Haw is, you will need to google it to get the picture. For those who do know Junior from the show, let me just say that he was in real life exactly like the character he played. Now that should tell you enough to give you an appreciation for some of the folks I will mingle with today.
We have a big time and southern food is brought in that would put any restaurant claiming to be southern to shame. Paula Dean ain’t got nothin on this family.
Here is a list of some of the typical food that will be spread out on our tables, multiple tables.
Collard greens, turnip greens, black eyed peas, southern fried chicken, tatter salad, slaw, baked beans, BBQ pork, ham, deer meat, cobblers, cakes and pies.
Before we dig in, everyone gathers around to pray and ask Gods Blessing and then we get in line. If you have a particular thing you like on the tables, you better not be at the back of the line.
Well I am off to the kitchen to prepare my southern food, hope all of you have a Blessed day, I know I will.
“Thank you Father for our families and time to gather and share good food and fun together”.
How long has it been since you have been to a family reunion? Wouldn’t it be nice if it were a tradition still celebrated annual by all families?