My moms family has always been intimately close. Most of the 11 siblings live in the same Municipality. So it goes that we always see each other. But reunions are different. It's our time to celebrate the good things in life. Then one year, it suddenly stopped for reasons we don't know. It saddened me. Maybe because financial reasons took its toll on the event. Now that me and my cousins have grown up and a new generation of young kids, nephews and nieces has surfaced, we thought of bringing it back. 2010 is the 4th family reunion that we had since then, and the experience year after year after year has always been pleasant.
So aside from the noche buena which individual families share, we all loook forward to our reunion. The 25th of December was this years date. Its so nice seeing my relatives gather and celebrate the season of giving and parties. The kids in particular were full of energy. I see this as a vital event in any Filipino family as love sometimes need reassurance and constant sharing. Its a time for old bonds to be reunited and new friendships to be created. Yes, even among cousins, and siblings, it has to be renewed and communicated.
Reunions make me realized how times have remained the same and at the same time has changed most of us. My cousins are mostly married now, they have their own families and kids but I am happy to see the commitment. Its normal to have differences within the family but I am glad that these personal gaps are put aside year after year just to show love and solidarity.
The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck
As I said, I believe in family and reunions make families stronger. I come from a simple and not so influential family but I like it that way. Nothing fancy, no big egos or unnecessary competition. This simplicity make people appreciative of each other. Simple tokens or gives are enough to make people smile And in cases where somebody cant share anything material in nature, simple presence and acts of kindness are enough to put a grin in someone else's face.......