My usual Sunday afternoon post didn’t happen last week because I was in Branson, MO at a reunion. I was joined by 45 others who have the good fortune to belong to the Alderson clan, either by birth, marriage … or by being related to someone who married an Alderson.
We had a big celebration with lots of fun and laughs. We celebrated being a family, looked at old, old pictures my sis found in her attic, caught up on the news of those who couldn’t be there (about 30 – did I say I have a BIG family?), and recognized the accomplishments of every single member. “The Sibs”, as the older generation is called, each took the floor to brag on their children, grandchildren and great-grandchldren.
We celebrated the completion of the Anna and Monroe Alderson Family Clinic in Bangu, a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Anna and Monroe (Grammy and Poppy) are the sibs’ parents and the family built the clinic in their honor.
Finally, we marked the 80th birthday of the oldest sib by sharing our favorite “Betty moments.”
Our family is scattered across eight states, from Washington to New York, from Mazula, Montana to Houston, Texas. We have been meeting bi-annually (that’s every two years, right?) since 2002.
On this day when we celebrate our country and freedom, let me say also how grateful I am to be a part of such a wonderful family.