Family reunions — is this really my gene pool?

Family reunions are a hoot. There is all the hype and anticipation and ours doesn’t disappoint. I pulled the short straw this year so it’s at my house on Sunday. I dodged the bullet the last couple of years but I ran out of relatives.

I enjoy seeing the family. We don’t get together often enough. Every time you see the kids, they are a foot taller and look a decade older. How do they do that? It doesn’t happen to me. I haven’t grown in years. I don’t think I look older either. It must be something that just happens to kids.

Then there is the food. I come from a family of great cooks. My brother makes my Mom’s potato salad recipe. I am not convinced he does it exactly like Mom did so there always is that discussion. She made it warm with a hot bacon dressing that was so good. He makes his salad with bacon but it’s cold. I’m not complaining — it’s very tasty.

I make the strudel with hand stretched dough. It’s not hard to do, just tedious. There will be cabbage and potato strudel. My niece is making walnut snails which are a lot like kiffels. There will be barbecue, burgers and all sorts of salads and cakes for dessert.

This year I have assigned the game planning to the young adults. I wonder if it will be beer pong or jello shots. There will be a bean bag tournament for sure and I heard talk of Dominoes.

For several years, we had a karaoke. When people get that microphone in their hands crazy things happen. I’m as bad as the rest of them — crooning at the top of my lungs to just about any song or even no song. We haven’t done that in a while — you know neighbors, police, jail and all that.

Then there was the year that we had a line dance instructor. It was confirmed that the beloved husband has two left feet, maybe three. When we did the electric slide, he was always facing the wrong way. My niece Anita is the only one who will do the slide with him.

The most interesting part is looking around at all the different variations from the same gene pool. There are different occupations, different interests, different skills and different physical traits. It’s just amazing. Almost as amazing as the food.

Now you gotta watch this video! If you don’t wiggle your ass in your chair, you need to see a doctor! Come on girlfriend (boyfriend)! Shake that booty!

24 thoughts on “Family reunions — is this really my gene pool?

  1. I remember doing this dance at both of our daughters’ weddings. But I never looked that cool. About all that food at YOUR reunion … Is it too late to become a family member? Sounds delicious and I’m bettin’ you all had a great time.


  2. Great video…just makes me happy! Enjoy the time. I laugh at our family reunions, looking around and sometime wondering “who are these people?” And yet they mean the world to me. I know you’ll make the most of it! Do let us know what games the younger generation pulls out for you all…that could indeed be interesting! πŸ™‚ Debra


  3. You guys are waaaay too organized. We all head back occasionally to the “farm” and small town, but hit the favorite BBQ place and wander around ( that takes about 15 min) then it’s about time to sit on the porch. (little kids can play in the sand under the old tree….it was good enough for us..and they don’t get to do that at home; 3 colors of sand and you can dig all the holes you want! Use the bucket to pull up well water for the rivers…and then rinse off/soak in a metal tub by the well….it’s all a new adventure for them….along with the outhouse. Swat that yellowjacket. Ah the memories!)


  4. I can’t believe you make strudel! You must be older than I thought. I would love to be invited to your reunion just to taste it. There hasn’t been homemade strudel in our family since my grandmother died over 20 years ago.


    • I do. I am the only one in the family who does although my niece’s daughter will make it with phyllo dough once in a while. We split up Mom’s cooking. My brother makes the cut out cookies (I don’t). I make the kiffels and strudel. My niece makes the cabbage and noodles and another niece makes the helupkies (although she hasn’t made them in a long time). You have to try Paprika’s in Hellertown. No strudel but a lot of other ethnic foods.


    • Yes, I do remember your post on the bar mitzvah. You worried about tripping during an important part. He tends to be clumsy. His legs are often bunged up even though he is fairly athletic.


  5. Love the video, they make it look so easy. Your husband and I would be perfect dance partners, I’m sure everyone would be entertained. Sounds like a great time will be had by all…enjoy the fun and stay far away from the beer pong, that’s probably what makes those kids age so fast…haha.


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