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By atreides (Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 11:19:13 AM EST) (all tags)
...whether you plan it or not.

This past July 4th, Welsh Girl and I were supposed to be in L-Town, attending a reunion of her family. Planning had gone on for a year and so many things were arranged. There was only one minor hitch: money. The seventeen members of a certain generation (Welsh Dad's generation, specifically) were supposed to provide $100 each to fund the entire thing. Four coughed up the money. The rest balked. So, amid some recriminations and calls to just have it at someone's house and everyone bring some food, it was canceled.

The guest of honor was to be Welsh Girl's 107 year old great-aunt. But, to many disappointments, that didn't happen. A couple of days ago, she died. The funeral is Saturday. If we can move around one really big thing we can't miss, we're going to go. A bunch of people are going to be there and I'm sure there will be some good times and bad times and all the things that happen around a funeral.

There is another planned family reunion in the works for July 4 2011. Now that we're off the hook for Canuckistan (that's moved to 2012 as per Star, Little), Welsh Girl is on the planning committee and we'll see what happens with that. But the best laid plans yadda yadda yadda.

That is all.

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Cash in advance by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 11:53:06 AM EST
Only those that cough up, are allowed to turn up!

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
I hope you get to go by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 12:39:38 PM EST
that's a lot of years for someone to live, I can only imagine how many people will be at the funeral. 

When Welsh Girl's aunt died... by atreides (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 01:58:02 PM EST
...the family took up 1/4 of a church that sat 800 and there were still people who had to stand...

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

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Always? by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Aug 19, 2010 at 02:55:04 PM EST
What may possibly have been the last reunion on Dad's side was this summer. He's 81, his brother's 79. The chances of both of them being around in 5 years, which is how often we get together?

Maybe one of the cousins will take up the torch, but that doesn't look too likely.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

similar situation for me by lolwhat (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Aug 21, 2010 at 07:45:25 AM EST
My side has a reunion every four years or so. I went a couple years ago with Teh Wyfe and Kidz. Most of the people who show up are second/third/fourth cousins; I hadn't seen most of them since the last "reunion" I'd attended - the funeral of my great-aunt, something like fifteen years ago. Once my dad's generation starts going...

Teh Wyfe's side has a reunion every year, because most of them live close by. Still, Teh Wyfe's generation isn't as tightly-knit as her parents'. So, when [i]that[/i] generation begins to leave this world...
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