First off I hope you all had an enjoyable long weekend. After all, it was a busy long weekend thanks to events like the Queen City Ex and Raymore Summer Slam. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life due in part to work schedules and other work related commitments, but it’s still critical to find time for family and family functions.
Sometimes the previous generation likes to criticize the following generation for the way they act or complain that the next generation doesn’t listen to them. One of the common phrases I hear frequently is “I wish I would have made more time for the family” or “I missed so much because I couldn’t say no at work.” While work is important, family is more important. It’s all about finding that balance in life.
This passed weekend I listened to the people of that other generation who always put work first, and I went to a family reunion in Redvers for the day. It was a GREAT time. I caught up with relatives I didn’t know I had and learned some cool things about them, like the fact I’m not the only radio announcer in the family! We ate, we played games, we socialized, and we certainly laughed.
It was also a time to mark another milestone, the 100th anniversary of the family farm. I often think back to what life, and Saskatchewan, must have been like 100 years ago or more. What went through pioneer’s minds when they finally got to their stake of land in the middle of nowhere. Just try and put yourself in their shoes over 100 years ago. Would you have the drive, the passion, and the determination to move to a whole new region (in many cases, a whole new country) and start a farm not knowing what will lie ahead? Not knowing what the winters will be like, not knowing where to go for supplies, not knowing where to get food, and so on. I think many of us can only look back in awe. I certainly do. I think many of the pioneers would look ahead if they could with pride at what they, and their kids, accomplished knowing that their family is still going strong and keeping the farm alive. Happy that their kids, grand kids, and great grand kids have also moved on to successful careers and making a difference in other people’s lives.
This is why it’s important to attend family reunions. To celebrate what’s been achieved in your family, celebrate the ones who started everything, and as Clay Walker sings “to live, laugh, and love.”