10 Reasons You Should NOT Attend Your Family Reunion

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10 reasons you should not attend your family reunion are ACTUALLY 10 reasons you SHOULD attend. I am the last person on earth to tell someone NOT to attend their family reunion. Family is so important to me and probably the one thing that I value the most. The reason I feel this way is because in my family every child is cherished and valued.  As we grow up, we do not stray very far from our family values because we do not want to disappoint people we love.

 

10 reasons you should NOT attend your family reunion:

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10 – You’ve tried every diet and exercise program to get rid of your big butt.”Its just so…… big” and you don’t want to accept the fact that it is genetic. Accept it, embrace the butt, all of your older aunts have embraced their butts and wear theirs with dignity. At least your butt is real.

 

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9 – No one seems to care that you are a Vegan and you care about eating healthy. Surprise! There are plenty of your relatives who also care about eating healthy and have voiced their menu selections for the family reunion menu. So Cuz, your whole family just may have moved on from everything fried. Now all things sweet may take a few more generations.

 

 

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8 – You still have a grudge against your Uncle for taking off his belt and beating your ass when you ran out in the street without looking. Hey, yours was not the only ass that was beaten. Ask your cousins and they will ALL have a similar story.

 

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7 – You were not able to attend the funeral of the last relative that passed away and you feel guilty. Guess what? You will be able to mourn with other family members at the family reunion memorial service. You can reminisce with everyone else who misses their loved one(s).

 

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6 – You still don’t think it is funny when your cousins have to always remind you about the second set of teeth you had and when you looked like the Alien character. Really? How else were they supposed to describe it at the time.  No one in your family had seen teeth like that before. Now that you’ve had your braces, you have the confidence to inform your cousins that your teeth came from your other side of the family.

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5 – Auntie’s peach cobbler reminds you of grandma’s peach cobbler. Lord knows you miss grandma’s absence. Think about it. Grandma left a legacy and Auntie was blessed with being able to make the peach cobbler that so many enjoy. Maybe she will pass the recipe onto you this year.

 

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4 – You are questioning your Christian beliefs and wondering whether or not there is a God. Families don’t care just as long as they can love you and you can love them back. You know there will be some praying going on and when large numbers of people pray together, many people receive the answers that they are seeking.  Just being surrounded by love in itself is a religious experience.

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3 – You just can’t take seeing your Aunt or Uncle in their failing health. When people don’t have much time to live, their relationships with the people they love is vital to them. Imagine seeing the sparkle in Auntie’s eyes or listening to Uncle’s chuckle when they see you and you remind them of a special time the two of you shared.

 

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2 – You should absolutely NOT attend your family reunion if it may be the last time you see a relative. That relative may share their wisdom with you which may be most helpful at this time in your life. You will  get to interact with the babies and young children of the family and really think about whether or not you are ready for children or grandchildren. Your children can meet and play with their cousins like you did when you were young. Playing with real cousins is Priceless.

 

thCARAB44R1 – The number 1 reason you should NOT attend your family reunion is if you think you are an island, living by yourself, not needing family. You are not an island. At some point in your life you will need someone. Let it be a family member who will give you unconditional love, support and give you the honest truth about who you are and where you come from.

 

*Disclaimer – If your family is not as described then most likely they will not have family reunions. It may be up to you to create a loving family and start the family reunion tradition.

Surviving the Big 5-0 Birthday

images (3)   Last year as I approached my 49th birthday, I thought I was going to be a year younger than I actually was. It wasn’t until a close friend corrected me by telling me that there was no way I was THAT much younger than she was. Damn! What did I do for a whole year? I had not prepared myself for what will come when I turned the big 5-0. My older sister said that I didn’t remember because 50 year olds forget things all the time. Hell I wasn’t 50 yet. As 49 sped by, I started planning what I would do as a Grown Azz, Mature, Soon-To-Be 50 Year Old  Woman. I decided for the entire year, I was just going to do whatever I wanted to do, rekindle old friendships,  travel wherever I want, drink heavily and eat everything. The results at 7 months into the year are this: imagesCAEXC8OM Do whatever I want to do – As long as it is over by 10pm and doesn’t turn up on social media. I will postpone running naked on the beach until I am 70. At that age, I don’t think I will really care. People will say, “awww, look at that confused old lady,  she forgot her bathing suit”.   imagesCASIGY05 Rekindle old friendships – Well…..not always a good idea. There is a reason why some people are not in your life anymore, leave it at that. imagesCATE5QDY Travel wherever I want – Lets just say, I don’t know how to travel frugally and I am spoiled with having certain amenities (toilets close by). Lets just say I am halfway through the year and my bank account is saying “WHOA!” imagesCANNJ9TN Drink heavily – When you substitute green juice for alcoholic beverages, you feel like a young’un (that’s what they call young people in the south). I can out drink anyone with some green juice. Eat everything – Who the hell am I kidding? I will have to postpone this one until I am 80 (God willing). When you reach a milestone birthday, people will say stuff like ” 30 is the new 50″. Whatever! My body does not look nor feel 30. People will say “wow, I didn’t know you were that old?” Your children will start asking you about the “olden days” (which would be the 80s) and even talk about how old they are getting. Recently, my daughter announced her 10 year high school reunion. This announcement amazed me and made me put on my big girl pants (not the Depends yet). Yes, I am really going to be 50 years old! As of July 7, I was officially “Over the Hill”. My 50 year birthday checklist has changed to simply thanking God everyday for all that I have received over my 50 years and will receive in the years to come. imagesCAU58248 However when I turn 70,  I may not be able to run naked, but I am still considering being naked at the beach and by 80, I will be eating anything my teeth will allow. After all, chewing will probably be my only physical exercise.  untitled (4) Much love,

Bahiyyah AKA Tahirah NKA Tajirah ( NKA -now known as)