This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive. ~ Alice Waters
Of all the gatherings, I think we have the most fun with our family and friends. When the kids were younger, we did not travel too far from home. Most of our gatherings were with friends as we all have children around the same age. We hiked, camped, ate or just sat around in the good old backyard gathering. As the children were older, we ventured outside of the country and visited our family in Asia. As human, there’s always a part of us that crave the human interaction, and sometimes the same generation interaction. I hope to give you some ideas to start some new traditions.
Over the years, the most memorable gatherings were probably with our camping families. We were about 5 to 6 families strong and we camped together almost every year for a few years. You can read my previous post about our camping stories. It’s always more fun to camp as a group, it is actually less stressful because the kids and adults will have their separate activities. By the second or third time organizing, my husband became a pro and he kept a list of all the essentials to bring and meals assignments. If camping is not your thing, picnic can be an alternative or short day trips to explore places around your city.
Some of us even vacationed together. We joined the Disney Cruise and went to Mexico, Eastern and Western Caribbean. Those were fun times with so many things to do on the cruise ships. Most of the times we went our separate ways during the day and met up for dinners and night activities.
If you don’t want to travel, there are always backyard barbecues, pool parties or even a happy hour or two. One summer, our resourceful friends were able to build a makeshift rotisserie contraption over our fire pit for some yummy roast ducks.
Here are some pictures from our great gatherings. What are some of your favorite gathering traditions?