The Do's and Don'ts of a Family Reunion
For the past year, I've had my fair share of family reunions and family gatherings. My father has a pretty huge family even with one brother. Now, my mother has 10 siblings, 5 sisters, and 5 brothers. Yes, my family heritage and traditions run deep. Now, I'm going to let you all know 3 do's and 3 don'ts of a family reunion.
Do's of a Family Reunion:
1. Notify your family a year before the reunion festivities. Don't expect someone to show up with a month or two months notification. You don't want that potato salad to spoil.
2. Pay your family reunion fees or dues. No one in your family wants to pick up your slack unless it's due to a significant setback that has happened in your life.
3. Come appropriately dressed for the occasion. If the elders don't tell you, the little children will. They will say it loud and proud of what is protruding from your outfit.
Don'ts of a Family Reunion:
1. Most family reunions happen during the summer time. Don't have the reunion outside if there isn't any shade or a space with AC. No one wants to have a heat stroke or just be plain miserable outside. If your family members know the reunion is outside without what's needed, expect low attendance.
2. Don't come to the gathering to start an uproar or what we like to say "be messy." Some families like to fight with their words and some like to fight with their hands. Hash out any mess before the reunion.
3. I believe this is the most important. Don't have anyone that doesn't know how to cook or have pests (roaches and/or rats) prepare the food. PERIOD! Also, don't come to the function with liquor and not expect your family members to ask for a taste or 3.
Many other things could or have possibly happened at family reunions and gatherings. In the comments, let me know of the other do's and don'ts of a family reunion.