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On Sunday I had a family reunion.  What a nice way to start off the new year!!  The occasion was my brother’s daughter’s baptism.  The last time I had seen my two brothers was in late July.  Their kids came and my two aunts, uncle, and cousin also attended.  I hadn’t seen my cousin Lexi in a long long time, probably since 2001 when my dad, her uncle, died.  

Unfortunately I did not get to mingle with my aunts, uncle, and cousin much.  First we attended the Catholic mass and then the baptism was right afterwards.  Then they had to leave because my cousin had to work later that afternoon and my aunt Bea, who will be 85 in April, wasn’t feeling good.  She had just gotten over a bout of bronchitis.  My husband and I videotaped the baptism.

After the baptism was over, we went over to my brother’s house for some lunch and we hung out for several hours.  It was good to see my brothers and their kids and I enjoyed visiting with them.  I wish my aunts, uncle, and cousin could have also joined us afterwards.

My parents are dead but had they still been alive, they would have six grandchildren, 3 boys and 3 girls, ranging in age from 2.5 months to 21 years old.  My aunt and uncle who attended have 2 children of their own and neither one has grandkids.  My uncle will be 81 at the end of this month and his wife is in her 60s.  I wish they had grandchildren.  My other aunt, Aunt Bea, never married and has no children.

So like I said earlier, it had been a very long time since the whole family got together like this.  I’m glad it was a joyous ocassion and not a sad one like a funeral.  I also hope that we all can get together soon.

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