Show choir day was full, but the competition was steep, and our kids took third in one division, narrowly missing the finals and didn't place in the other. The varsity choir didn't go to this one as they have several overnight trips. Not staying for finals, meant an early departure, so home by 10:00 instead of after 1:00. there was a smidge of disappointment in not doing better, but no one would say they deserved a better result. I sometime hear professional pop artists, gimmicky, and over produced, and scratch my head. Then I hear 14-18 year olds, performing week after week, after rehearsing for hours during the week, with tons of talent. Some are part of a team that places, but most are not, yet do it for the pure joy of performing. It was really sweet seeing the entire auditorium of kids from a dozen schools, raise their cell phone lights, their version of the cigarette lighter, for the winners of the solo and ensemble competition.
DH will bring his mother to the airport today after her week of funerals. I'm heading to my sisters in a bit for a baby shower for one of my nieces step daughters. I guess this means I'm sort of going to be a great-great aunt. My brother called on Friday to let me know a cousin, who most of us haven't been in regular touch with since my aunt and uncle died 20 years ago, passed away. I think the last time I saw her e was at her sisters funeral, over a decade ago. She didn't attend either of my parents services, but sent a card.
I think of my brothers and sisters and their families, and how I haven't seen some of my nieces and nephews in months-one baby born last June, I've not even met yet as they never attend extended family. I'm curious who, if any , of my nieces cousins will be at the shower today. Large, extended family gets like that, and it is not any one's fault,
just with each generation passing, new members of the family, new
generations take their place, and time is focused closer to home. It's
the circle of life- weddings, and babies, and illness, and death. DH's family, his aunts and uncles and cousins, are still all very close, though no longer get together for holidays, but spend a lot of time at the lake in the summer together. I wonder how much longer that will be the case, as his aunts are all grandparents now, and with my nieces wedding this summer, the next generation is starting families of their own.
How about you? How close are you with extended family? Do you make a concentrated effort to stay connected across the generations, or like me, does it just get to be very difficult?