August Is Family Time Farm Gatherings and Family Reunions
Family has always been very important to both sides of our household, and August is a time to relax with the people we care about most. We had family gatherings in early August back on the farm growing up, and even now, my father- in-law plans our family gatherings for August. Growing up on a farm, we didn’t get to take summer vacations because we couldn’t leave the farm unattended until harvest season was complete in the fall. But growing up, August was special because that’s when my aunts, uncles, and cousins would come back to visit us on the farm. I had such a great time with my cousins during those long summer days. We would build makeshift baseball diamonds and play from sunrise to sunset. If we weren’t playing baseball, we would go head-to-head in all types of card games. A full day with the family ended with dinner plates piled with fried chicken, fresh sweet corn, and tomatoes. Those long, hot summer days on the farm with my cousins really emphasized the importance of family to me. though my girls are out of college and the school year is no longer a consideration. Every other year (for the past 24 years) we go to my wife’s family reunion and have an amazing time. Because everyone lives in different parts of the country, my father-in-law works hard to organize the event to ensure the same people don’t have to travel long distances to attend each time. Since the reunion is always at a different location, we’ve experienced some unique places we otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to see. We’ve been to Acadia National In my family, we always carve out time together in August before the school year starts, even
Park near Bar Harbor, Maine; Lake Placid and the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York; Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado; Traverse City and Mackinac Island in upper Michigan; wine country of Northern California; and even the town of Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. This year, we enjoyed a wonderful gathering in Spring Green, Wisconsin. The Thursday–Sunday event included a cornhole tournament (a bean-bag game), a day canoeing down the Wisconsin River, watching Macbeth at a local outdoor theatre, and touring some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and the New Glarus Brewing Company (pretty good beer —we brought some Spotted Cow Ale home with us). Then we had to say goodbye. While I miss the farm and spending so much time with my cousins, it’s great to see how close our kids have become with my wife’s aunts, uncles, and cousins (and their kids) over the years thanks to these reunions. Without these family reunions, they wouldn’t be nearly as
close to their extended family, especially since they all live in different parts of the country.
Family reunions remind me of how important family is, not only to me but also to our clients. It’s important to protect what we have and the ones we love. While we enjoy wonderful adventures with our families, unexpected challenges remind us we need to be prepared to protect the ones we love. To find out more about how you can protect your family in a time of need, give us a call at 402-718-8888 or visit our website anytime at LeroyPetersonLaw.com.
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