I’ve always been under the impression that keeping up with family is important. Calling them, not necessarily my forte, but I definitely let them know what I’m doing and will go out of my way, at times, to visit family. I don’t see it as a chore, I genuinely enjoy visiting my family. They’re always fun to be around, whether it be drinking or just chatting. The only issue is that my immediate family is no where near me. Most live in another state, some live in another country. That’s just my immediate family.
When I say keep up with family, I mean all family. That includes the family I’ve somewhat been adopted into since I’ve been dating the same person for nearly six years. Today, I visited Becky’s cousin’s son’s communion. Lots of ways that deviates from the family tree, but let me reiterate, Becky’s Mother’s Sister’s Son’s Son’s first communion. I think the technical term is cousin once removed, I don’t know. I’ve never been very good with how family tree structures work beyond cousin.
It was an all together pleasant occasion. People were friendly and the food was tasty. I myself drank a bit too much wine and ended up talking shop with some fellow software people that were beyond the scope of any relationship I’m willing to try to work out. The communion itself was fine. The priest had a long spiel about how breakfast, being the most important meal must be eaten everyday to stay strong. Likewise, since communion is important to maintaining good faith, it must be taken every week to keep up. It was long, convoluted, involved three trays of food and the priest with low self-esteem, needless to say, it was odd.
All of this effort was in part to keep up with family. Just to see how everyone was doing and let them know where I am. I’ll do the same in about a month when I go to see my Grandparents in Alabama then again in about two months to see other side of the family. Every single one of them will be a different experience, but that doesn’t mean that they will be any less enjoyable and everyone is just as important as the last.