Wayne and Etta Miller Family Reunion

Wayne and Etta, for those who don’t know, are my paternal grandparents. Both are deceased. After Etta’s death some of the cousins apparently thought that we should have a reunion so that we could get together. In the whole course of my life I can recall perhaps five brief interactions with any members of that extended family so I was reluctant to attend. Some might expect that reluctance to come from an expectation of animosity or dysfunction based on the fact that I have never succeeded in forming a functional relationship with my dad, and this is his family. Truthfully the reluctance was based on the complete lack of prior interaction and the expectation that we would feel like strangers among other people who had some level of common identity.

Over time my reluctance turned to ambivalence and shortly before the reunion I decided to go as a show of support for the one of my brothers who was planning to attend and who had put some work into pulling the reunion off – after all, the reunion was not 25 miles from my house.

I must say that when we went I was very pleasantly surprised to feel right at home talking with uncles, aunts, and cousins whom I have rarely seen and some of whom I had never met.

About David

David is the father of 8 extremely organized children (4 girls / 4 boys) who is constantly seeking answers to tough questions related to parenting, education and politics while moonlighting for 40 hours each week as a technology professional. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sports.

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3 Responses to Wayne and Etta Miller Family Reunion

  1. Lucas Miller says:

    Glad to have seen you there Dave. Don’t feel like you were the only one. I was nervous as I new there were going to be a lot of people that were that I only knew by name and some not even that. It was so much getting to know others and see how there lives have turned out. My sincere respects on having 5 kids and another on the way. I am going crazy with just 3.

  2. David Miller says:

    It was nice to be able to put new or updated faces to some of my relatives that I had previously only heard of or known through Facebook. It was also cool to see how well all the kids played together.By the way, three kids might be enough to make you crazy now but it gets easier over time.

  3. Scott Miller says:

    It was great to see you and catch up with you and your family as well as your Mom and Bill.

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