Alex Haley had it correct when he said, “In every conceivable manner; the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”
For fifty-nine years, the Carter Family Reunion is held during Labor Day weekend. This year the reunion was held in Anderson, Indiana. We gather to swap stories, share family news, and welcome new family members into our circle. We laugh over sweet tea, dash hot sauce on our fish, cut brownies, slice pies, and lick icing from cakes. We pour over the same family tree and make connections with cousins from across the United States. In the background, we hear Gordon playing jazz on his saxophone. Later we may hear him singing.
This year the reunion had a lovely theme, Christmas. Yes, Christmas in August. The hall was decorated with a Christmas tree, twinkling lights, red and green tablecloths, and a Santa. Really, we had several Jolly St. Nicks. Across the room, they added a few snow people, red bows, and red hats.
Who can we credit with this year’s theme? Michelle! What an amazing reunion. It truly was the best one ever! Thanking God for our family.