Family Occasions.


This week’s LBC topic has been suggested by Maria the gaelikaa who has been preoccupied with family problems and is currently away at Ireland for some family occasions there.  It is therefore unlikely that she will write any time soon for the LBC.

That should not stop some of the others from keeping on at it as Shackman, Lin and I have been regularly doing in the recent past.

I am blessed.  My family only occasionally has occasions.  On the other hand, we have regular events like weddings to attend where everyone meets everyone and comments on how everyone is and also complains about everything under the sun.

I am also blessed that I live far away from where the bulk of my relatives live and so have distance as a very valid excuse not to attend functions.  The last one I attended was last year when I went down South to celebrate my brother in law’s 75th birthday.  My niece had threatened me with dire consequences if I was not present and so I went.  I was very pleasantly surprised that I had such a grand time!

There was another occasion just two months ago with a cousin celebrating his wife’s landmark birthday, again back in the South.  I did not go.  I am on the blacklist of that side of the family.  I however hope to get off that list because of my age which I use to justify my eccentricity.


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22 Responses to Family Occasions.

  1. We seldom have occasions, but we do have a good time when we get together with Kaitlin, Torben and usually the pups. No fussing, just fun.
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  2. Cathy in NZ says:

    I seldom do occasions either – the main reason has to do with “comments” which are rarely on the positive side of things. Somehow my family seem to think that any occasion is a good time to remind me of certain things! Probably won’t do family/Xmas this year as there are intruders from Aussie who will just make it worse…I usually do something with a friend who has no family here, we have had some memorable Xmases together!

  3. shackman says:

    Ah yes – you can choose our friends but not your family

  4. Gabbygeezer says:

    Fully mature men have a right to independence.
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  5. Pravin says:

    You have a big family and you enjoy everything so every moment, I have seen is occasion for you.

    My take on the topic is very different and perhaps completely irrelevant from the reason of the topic. You know where my drift would be 😀

  6. Maxi says:

    It does get harder to attend those family functions as we age. Still, hope you’re doing okay.
    blessings ~ maxi

  7. I’m from a family of 7 siblings, so it is no wonder that at least two of them love to host “gatherings”. I’m not a good host, so I leave it up to them. I resist going, since I’m such an introvert, but I must admit, once I get there I have a decent time. Wine helps!
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  8. bikehikebabe says:

    Our families are too far away (east coast & west coast) to go to Events. Just as well. We’re not into traveling much these days.

  9. Intriguing. There’s only Mom, my wife & I left and my wife’s working in Texas at the present time. I’m lucky to live close enough to go see Mom but one couldn’t say anything we do is all that festive. Still, it’s family.
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  10. Mother says:

    I truly enjoy family occasions. Since I have lost several siblings, my remaining sisters and I try to make occasions of any visit we make. See all of the kith and kin possible to keep the family connection. I would hate to see my nieces and nephews lost to me because their mothers have gone on. We take our positions as the new matriarchs seriously and execute with joy.
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  11. nick says:

    It’s a long time since I had a family occasion. My father is long gone, my mum is 93 and not up to any long journeys, and my sister has motor neurone disease. A blessing in disguise in a way, as when we did have family occasions they usually ended up in heated quarrels about something or other. Politics usually.

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