Re: Family Reunions
I had a lovely reunion a couple of years ago, Blue, due to my interest in Genealogy.
As children my sister and I frequently stayed for holidays with my paternal grandfather - he lived at the seaside - so it was always a big adventure. His sister, Auntie Rosa, kept house for him. Her son lived nearby and he had daughters of similar ages so it seemed natural that we should meet and play together sometimes. As we grew older Granddad died, Auntie Rosa moved away, my little sister died - we all lost touch.
Then - on Ancestry.com - as I was researching my family tree - I noticed someone else was looking at the same information. Left a message in there for them - and was stunned when the reply came - it was from the younger of the two girls I had played with in childhood. She put me in touch with her brother (I had not known about him) and I agreed to meet with him in Leicester.
Set off a bit apprehensively - travelling to a strange town to meet someone I didn't know - but what a lovely day it turned out to be. From there we arranged a day out by the sea for all of us - himself, his two lovely sisters and me. We had a brilliant time visiting all the old haunts, doing things we did as children - eating candy floss, dinky donuts, cockles in vinegar and chips from a paper cone. We played the slot machines in the amusement arcades - built a huge sand castle - rode on donkeys - and generally behaved as we had as children! Mad or what. I arrived home tired but very happy.
I am glad to say we are all still in touch.