Friday, June 29, 2007

Family Reunions and Fine Art

Donna queried yesterday. "What tells you it's summer?"

While there are many things (like homegrown tomatoes) that say *Summertime* to me, the loudest one right now is *Family Reunion*. In two short weeks, we will gather for the 16th year in a row at Callaway Gardens. We had gathered annually for years (ten) at my parents' home until we outgrew their accomodations.

Futhermore, when I was a child, we gathered around the Fourth of July for a family reunion on my father's side because his father's birthday was July 2nd. This line of Jordans have been gathering in Cullman, Alabama for over fifty years. It's always the third Sunday in July

So, reuniting as a family is a deeply ingrained tradition.

Here's the first invitation to Cousins Week at Callaway (CWAC). The poem and illustrations were done by my mother.

Your Christmas gift for '91
Is lots and lots of summer fun.
To Callaway Gardens we will go
For sport and games and circus show.

All DanDan's clan plan to be there
And we'll build memories later to share.
Spouses, offspring, siblings, cousins together
We'll have a great time - no matter the weather.

So, when you're nestled all snug in your bed
And voices of sugar plums dance in your head,
Dream some dreams of Callaway and things we will do,
When we get together in August '92.

There is no more valuable investment than that of spending time and energy with and on your family. See more of our family at our webpage.

And I'll leave you with a quote from Kin Hubbard which pricks my conscience in an ironical way because I'd rather learn to get together peacefully than never get together in order to have peace.

There is plenty of peace in any home where the familiy doesnt make the mistake of trying to get together.

Does that make sense?


  1. My Mother's maiden name was Jordan~~~~Irish descent.

    Three of our Grandparents' last names we have used as first names for our children: Hannah, Christopher, and Jordan.

    I have wonderful memories of family reunions. They were a big deal when I was growing up. We always went to a park and had wonderful picnics, followed by swimming and games.
    Sadly, they have become rather small affairs and are always indoors for the sake of the elderly. Somehow, it just isn't the same~~your post inspires me to want to do something about that.

    Have a wonderful time at your family reunion!

  2. Dana,
    I'm sorry it took so long to comment on your family reunion...and that darling invitation created by your mother.

    Is that you walking?

    Your mom is a real inspiration, isn't she!