www.cla-travel.asia - Family Day
Happy new year ! Here's to 2019 ! I definitely know I wanted to say a huge thank you for an amazing year 2018 ! That's a given but that being said, I'll say it anyway ! THANK YOU SO MUCH ! Your support, comments and kind words mean so much and I can't tell you how grateful we are.
So, long short story about the family day of Mr and Mrs Gontuong (my late grandparents) which held on 28th December 2018. For me, a family day or a family reunion is more of a gathering of the diaspora. This is when you make a point of inviting every collateral relative no matter how distant the connection, or how far away they live, for a chance to reconnect with people they haven't seen in years, and meet the new additions. yay ! This is when the second and third cousins get invited, as well as the first cousins. I know, family reunion is much more inclusive of a wider range of relatives, say, all descendants of a specific couple, usually 3 or more generations back. There can be hundreds of people at such a reunion, just like our recently family reunion.
When I saw the whole family gathered together and how cramped they were, I realized that my family IS that big. And again, I asked 'is our family really this big?'. Yes ! and I felt sorry didn't talk to many people on that day because I was fairly shy (lol). I may not know them all, but they are still my family, I love them, and they love me...yeah, I mean please love me back. haha.
It was a joyful day. Yes we missed 'tapa and tina' but could feel them with us. We knew they were smiling and enjoying all of us together. Thank you for teaching us the importance of a close and loving family. It doesn't have expensive to be fun.
Yes, I have to admit it. Families are living farther apart than ever before. Yes, we have the technology especially WhatApps to stay connected, but it that really enough ? It is no longer the era where cousins are spending entire school holidays balik kampung jumpa nenek. Sometimes we are lucky to even get together during the holidays. So, thank you for the memories created on Pitimungan Sinakagon Gontuong + Sondoroi 2018'.
God is good all the time and all the time God is good.