After spending time with a group of people, do you feel
energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in
the corner with a good book?
Well… I guess it would depend on the crowd.. 🙂
My family can be a bit overbearing at times and yet other times, I love being around them and they are quite the group… I have 6 siblings, 2 in-laws, 2 nieces, 3 nephews, my parents, ususally my brother has his girlfriend and their 2 dogs with them, and then my fiance and his son for family get-to-gethers at holidays.. Now that alone is 19 people. I can handle my family for a little while, but it can get crazy… The kids now range in age from 3 to 13… But, I enjoy it and it takes me back to when I was a child and would visit my grandparents and family for reunions once a year and makes this get-to-gether look small..
My grandparents had a HUGE get-to-gether yearly on Memorial Weekends each year in PA. My grandparents had a big family too… They had 8 children and most of them had children too, and each year, most would come and gather for the reunion. It was nice to see my cousins even if they were older than me. Our family had the youngest kids. I had 2 uncles who were never married. An aunt who was deaf who married a deaf man who then they had 2 children a few years younger than me. A few of my cousins were much older than I. They started having kids before I graduated HS and then they became part of the family reunions. I loved seeing them all each year and had a blast. It was crazy fun.
I guess the same could be said for the other side of my family on my mom’s side.. family get-togethers on her side are hilarious. She had 6 siblings and going to my grandparents was never dull. She had only one sister, my Aunt Weny, whom my sister is named after, and 5 brothers. My mom’s brothers are a hoot. We would visit them when I was real little and I have vague memories for “big” family reunions at a lake in Wisconsin. I loved going. I almost always was able to spend one night away from my siblings and parents and stay with my godparents (my mom’s brother, wife and my cousins) about 45 minutes from my grandparents and it was welcomed relief to have the time away. My uncles could have you rolling on the floor from one joke to the next. One of my uncles was a radio DJ, they were very musically inclined, playing in drum and bugle corps, one was a band director, and my mom even played various instruments including the ukelele.
THEN.. there was those other times, where I would be in places full of people I just didn’t know, and couldn’t wait to leave wishing I had never gone in the first place. Places like the bar I went with a friend one time and karaoke’d, which I thought would be fun and kinda was, but the cigarette smoke and noise had me outside more than in… Just recently, as much as I loved it, I was glad it was only a few hours as after 3 hours of 30+ kids between the ages of 2-5 for Vacation Bible School, I was ready for some quiet. I loved helping, but I was so ready to come home each day and RELAX..
I think I used to be MORE energized and outgoing with people and after hanging with people, but as I am getting older, I am more quiet and reserved and more of a homebody. I am not around many loud people anymore like I was when I was younger. My Xhusband and my current fiance are both very quiet and shy, so I guess that helps tame my wild side… I also have a 13 yr old future step son whom I spend most of my time taking care of and so I don’t just go party. I was taught and brought up to be a mom first and a party animal last, so my priorities lie with taking care of my child.
So, in conclusion.. it depends on the crowd, the day, my mood, who I am around, whether I got any sleep the night before, etc. etc. etc… but I can never go wrong with my dad’s best advice ever…
“If you don’t have fun, it will be no one’s fault but your own. So go enjoy yourself.”