Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Johnson Family Reunion; an overview

I sent this letter to local friends a few days ago as an overview of the recent reunion activities. I'll get back to you soon with additional details of the trip.

Dear Friends, we just got back from a long road trip to Ohio for the second Johnson family reunion. Overall it was good, but there were ups and downs. Let's start with the ups.

The host, my cousin Dwight, was doing quite well. My Mother brought her friend from church and enjoyed herself. And I met lots of my younger cousins. I especially spent a lot of time talking to my brother Wesley's children Lizzy and Cedric. I really enjoyed getting to talk to them at length. 

Now for the downs, and really only two. My Florida branch of the family dropped off their father and my brother, Kevin, and then spent the rest of the day at the mall! So I barely got to speak with any of them. When they finally did arrive, they quickly ate bar-b-que before leaving again to bowl the rest of the evening.  I had really wanted to talk to them about their kid's plans for college, but never got the chance.  Somehow they lost sight of seeing family, as the goal of a family reunion. But, at least they seemed to have a good time. The second down is that my brother from Washington state, Wesley, decided to bring COVID with him to share with the family. Donald and a handful of other family, including my Mother, is currently sick. So far I'm still testing negative on the home test, but I am starting to show symptoms. 

Let's end with something positive. My cousin Dwight decided to honor my father's 100th birthday by commemorating the reunion to him; Vernon Johnson. Dwight had these T-shirts made and we decided to visit his grave and share it with him. See the photograph above. 

Happy birthday Dad!

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