Hey Fam. God bless.
Just a note about reunion ideas. I really don't want to have aspirations way too high for our first reunion in ages, but these are some of the ideas I want to bounce around:
*I'm gonna have mom look into the locations as far as finding what parks are available and which ones have the best amenities (swimming, basketball, indoor facilities, children's playground, etc.). Then we have to figure out money issues when it comes to reserving a spot.
*We will eventually have to discuss food. It may be more feasible to just have a pitch-in and assigned who brings what. Voice your suggestions, please.
*Activities. We have discussed an outings for the small children, family photo, etc. I also wanted to suggest meeting at a family members home for a more intimate setting for one of those days. I will offer my home but it may not be big enough depending on how many family members attend.
*Misc: I would like to look into T-shirts for the occasion. And I have researched a 'family crest/coat of arms' but we either have to search to find if there is a pre-existing one for our family somewhere, or we can create our own. This would require a lot of input.
*Date: We still have to settle on a date. And I would also like to suggest, if out of town 'folks' are staying through Sunday, we should attend somebody's church. We have a lot of different options.
**For anyone who did not know, cousin Shawn bought a tombstone for Uncle Tommy and I wanted to bless him real quick for doing that. I would love to visit Tommy's or other family members' gravesites if possible.
**My wife's family is supposed to be creating a website for their family reunion. I'm working on a family tree for their family. This is turning out to be quite a task which prompted me to concentrate some energy toward my own family. I was like 'why am I working so hard on their family's stuff and not working on a reunion for my own family?' So, Uncle Charles, do you think it is possible to create a family reunion website? Maybe we can use it so that anybody can look up relevant information and know exactly what is going on with the reunion.
"What's my motivation?": I am tired of hearing about everybody's family reunion and not my own. I am ready to have the close-knit family we had when I was a child. So many things have happened to divide our family and cause distance whether it was just relocations, deaths, or disagreements, I can't let it continue to keep us apart. I have done my part to live my own life and distance myself from ya'll, but not anymore. The wake up call for me was when I didn't find out about Aunt Eula's death until after the funeral. I said "Hold up. I'm done with this" (in words that were not as nice) and I decided that 'we gon' be tight' like we used to be. I remember Uncle Roger living with us for a while when I was young. He used to hide candy in the apartment and I, (with my little bad self), used to find it and eat it. He usually wasn't too happy. I remember when he was in the Nation of Islam and how he used to teach me about eating the right foods. We were 'tight' then.
I remember when Uncle Gerald used to live with us. I remember he was so 'clean cut' and well-groomed. He would brush his teeth for like 20 minutes. I remember he used to be a manager at a grocery store. Forgot which one. We were 'tight' then.
I remember Uncle Tommy used to live with us. This had to be the 70's because I distinctly remember a girlfriend named "Anita or Bonita" and she had a huge 'Angela Davis' afro. Uncle Tommy was the closest thing I knew to a father. Nobody could say anything bad about my uncle Tommy. We would have to fight. He used to take me fishing. I hated fishing. But I enjoyed spending time with Uncle Tommy. We was 'tight' then.
I already mentioned how much I enjoyed going over Auntie Janet's house. We jumped the creek behind the house and went to Devington shopping plaza and other places. We were 'tight' then.
I used to get free haircuts from Uncle Ronald. Mom used to always offer to pay Uncle Ronald but I think she always knew he wouldn't accept it. I used to wonder, 'If I can get a free haircut from Uncle Ronald, why is she making me wear this 'fro'?" We were 'tight' then.
OK. I'm done.
I love ya'll
Wait. I don't wanna leave anybody out.
I used to go to Christ Temple and see my famous, world-renowned musician Uncle Ezra play organ for the Pentecostal Ambassadors. I was so proud. I used to sit in the balcony right above him and pretend to play right along with him. I felt like he was a rock star. We was 'tight' then.
Uncle Donald was a talented painter. People spoke of him like he was Picasso. I only remember seeing him a couple of times. Then he moved out to Arizona or California or something. I remember seeing some signs and paintings that he had done. They were great. We was 'tight' then.
Uncle Torrance was always around. I never remember knowing where he stayed or worked. But he was always 'around'. He always was staying 'somewhere' and was working 'somewhere'. I remember him as a survivor. I admired his resourcefulness when I was a kid. We were 'tight' then.
I remember Uncle Charles living in Detroit forever. I don't remember him living in 'Nap'. I remember 'Tony and Sharon' when I was a kid. Tony was like into martial arts and I had a crush on Sharon. I was thinking 'That's wrong. She's older and plus she's like my cousin'. Anyway, I can't believe I remember that stuff. I enjoyed visiting Detroit. We were 'tight' then.
Nothing can compare to a 'Tight Family'. I've seen marriages saved. I've seen the support and love from family help members be delivered from drugs and alcohol. I've seen children be saved from 'the system' whether it be the child welfare system or correctional. I've seen families support each other financially. Ain't nothing better. So if I sometimes come off over-zealous about this reunion stuff, please forgive me, I've been waiting so long. I don't want to wait until the next funeral to see ya'll.
Now I'm really done.