Everyone is busy...and some came and went...but as our Baerg family reunion ended...those who who were there met on the steps for a parting shot. That's right...there were 101 of us in total...of all ages. We spent the weekend at a retreat centre (read college campus)...in a parklike setting on a very hot and humid weekend in July. We rekindled old acquaintances...and met a few faces we had never seen before. We played ladder golf and bocce...Rook and Mexican Train...and we ate...a lot. We heard stories from the past...and shared life experiences with one another. We had our own band...and when they weren't singing with us...they were jamming on their own in a corner. And we discovered that we had a lot of artists and artisans in our group.
We also joined together in an effort to raise funds for a new gravestone for my great-grandparents.
They are buried in a little country cemetery...not far from where we met...and their graves are no longer identifiable. My dad has made it his mission to see that they have a proper gravestone...before all evidence of their burial spot disappears.
We have been meeting like this every three years over the past two decades. We have met cousins we never knew...and heard stories that had never been told. It takes a lot of work to make these events happen...and we always wonder if it will be the last one...but the plan is to gather the family from across western Canada and several American states again in 2012.
We have no idea what the next three years may bring...or how many of the 101 will be there in 2012...but as we ended our reunion...we sang together "We Have This Moment Today". It was a wonderful reminder to enjoy family...and the music of living...the everyday pleasures that are ours to enjoy...today. Don't wait for tomorrow...to look back...and wish for today!