Each August I am blessed with a day full of fun, family, and memories; memories of years past and those made throughout the day. A few years ago my mother-in-law started a new tradition to release balloons for our family members who passed away and couldn't be with us for the party. This is one way we remember and reflect on our family who helped to make us the men and women we are today.
I'll never forget the tears trickling down my mother-in-law's cheeks as she said "I'll see you again one day Bob." and released her balloon that first year. Her husband, best friend, and father to her children ~ who left us too soon. But then I think to lose a parent (or parent-in-law) is always too soon.
This year, we release a balloon in memory of my mother-in-law, Norine, too. An event she created to help us remember. An tribute to our heritage. One way to remember those who made us who we are today.
There are always many balloons released by the different generations in attendance. Each loved one is remembered and honored as we watch the balloons lift to heaven ~ a way to say "Hello" and "You're always remembered" to our loved ones already passed on. This was Mom B's hope, a tradition carried in this year, with one balloon just for her from her kids and kid-in-laws.
Her balloon won't travel solo. There will be balloons in memory of her two brothers that passed this year too. We, the family, will gather and celebrate our connections. Most connected through a blood line while yet ALL family! A great day ahead.
Do you take a moment to remember your family who have passed away at your family reunion and/or family gathering? If so, how?
What is your favorite aspect of the family reunion? Why?
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323