Now there are Reunions and there are Reunions and I am not a fan of the latter. The gradual advancement of father time throws these events into our lives like confetti. It's a gathering of people you have not seen in a long time which means it's a game of chance on what the outcome will be. Let's talk about palatable reunions or shall I say the ones I prefer. Watching the soldier come back to be reunited with his family. The reunions I see on my good friends show APB with Troy Dunn on TNT. You can listen to an interview I did with him about the show. CLICK HERE (Download the Troy Alert App Now!) These reunions are heart felt and great. It's the Family Reunions and the Class Reunions that give me a little bit of pause… NO a lot of dread actually.
Let's talk Family Reunion- The family is a complicated thing filled with massive dysfunction no matter who you are or where you come from. I understand that family is a bond and that tracing your roots, not forgetting where you came from, and keeping traditions and background is important. But I don't know if that correlates with go spend time with people you haven't seen in 5 to 15 years and have NOTHING in common with except your last name. I am sure the majority of people disagree with me. I love to see family just not extended extended-can't remember your name family. At my age my brain holds less and less, so to be introduced to Great Aunt Josie who's brothers son I use to ride big wheels with in Panama at age five. Who now has four daughters in Miami, but is raising the kids alone because of a great job his wife Amanda got in Puerto Rico etc. etc. etc.…. do you see where I'm going with this? NOWHERE! I don't want to know all this drama, what does it matter? I know I sound mean. I am more of a lets focus on immediate family with maybe one extension of first cousins then call it quits. Of course, if there is an emergency with any relative, I'll verify who the hell you are then see what I can do. Being Hispanic that still means over 100 people in my definition of close family… Aye Dios Mio! Let's stay in touch with Christmas Cards and call it a day okay?
The Class Reunion- There are specific reasons (I believe) to go to a class reunion. I am closing in for my 30th on high school and I think 25th for college, but not sure. I loved high school and college and all my friends of which I was blessed to have many like Troy. Yes, a class reunion is fun when you want to step back in time and tell old stories again and again and again. So there's that group that lives in the past. There's the group that maybe were not so popular that are now coming back to prove that they made it. There is also the curiosity of us ALL to see who is fat, who is skinny, who has no hair and who aged badly and who still looks hot. The remembering of the ones we lost who left way too early. Let's not forget the possible love-connections. Some may be attending to hitch up with a long lost love for round two if they heard rumors of a possible divorce. I'm not judging, all I'm saying is it's all a little creepy when you think about it. There's probably a certain time in midlife that everyone wants to attend a reunion of some kind to fill something inside of us. Nothing wrong with that. It just gives me reason to pause and ask myself, "Why exactly am I going to this again?" I will say my college 20th reunion was a total blast. Love my Tau Theta Chi Omega Sisters. What do you love or hate about reunions?
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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