|Original Johnsons + Grandpa Johnson|
Last weekend I attended the Johnson family reunion. My Nana was one of twelve Johnson children who grew up at the turn of the century in rural Arkansas surrounded by a God-loving family The original twelve still attend in spirit as our huge group gathers each year for delicious food, lots of laughter and great storytelling.
We have over fifty 1st cousins in the family.
Fifty 1st cousins equals lots of 2nd and 3rd cousins.
|with a few of my 2nd cousins…|
How long will these reunions continue?
When the 1st cousins can no longer travel, will the 2nd cousins continue the tradition? We are spread around the South, busy with kids and careers and life. Some cousins I only know through Facebook. Some are complete strangers. Even so, that one weekend a year we realize our special bond is worth the effort. Plus, the original twelve would miss these family celebrations if we stopped.
(Johnson 2nd cousin)
In the Sweet By and By, Dolly Parton