We drove to Bakersfield on Saturday for the Lee Family Reunion at Panda Palace. That’s my Dad’s Mom’s side of the family. Cousins Sharilynn and Christie did an awesome job. Generation 5 was responsible for setting up the reunion, and Invitations and reminders. Facebook notifications. They had candy bar which was really fun. They brought hats for photo booth fun. They made great party favors too. They updated the Family Directory. They had everybody bring in scrap book pages from this year. Well done.
Chad was the Emcee. My dad said an extended prayer to grace the food and then we all hung out for a while and took a lot of pictures. The great thing about the Family Reunion is the changing of the guard. Auntie Margie is the last of Generation 3. She’s still mentally pretty good. Irene noted that Auntie Margie greeted her by name.
We took pictures with Generation 3 and 4, which is my Dad’s Generation. We took pictures of Generation 5 with hats. And we took a picture with everybody there, which is at least 60 folks. The demographics are very interesting you can see our family is a melting pot of all races, backgrounds.
The scrap books pages have tons of old pictures from previous reunions.
I worked really hard on my changing my attitude about driving to Bakersfield. Irene reminded me that family is one of the most important things in life, and I should be happy to invest in my family at every opportunity. In the past, I had bad experiences and bad attitudes towards family events. I needed to break that attitude and shake off those old feelings. It starts with making the commitment to going and commit to having a good time. Extend yourself to others. Smile and introduce yourself to relatives you don’t recognize. It’s hard to remember names and associations.
The kids had a great time with their cousins. I made new friends with cousins John and Kim and their son Tom. I talked triathlon with Patrick and Christie. I took pictures of each table and greeted them all. I re-aquainted with cousin Kevin. I met Brian’s kids and spouse Jonathan and Alanna, and Katherin.
Chad: Emcee, My Dad
Candy Bar and hats!
Costumes and pictures.
Generation 3 (Auntie Margie) and Generation 4 (my parents)
Generation 5 (me)
Lee Family Reunion