My grandparents Abraham Y. and ‘Daisy’ Taylor were the head of a large family of 10 children. All of those children raised families of their own and have since passed on. The grandchildren of Grandpa and Grandma Taylor assemble for a cousins’ luncheon several times a year in Salt Lake City and catch up on current family news and share memories of the past.
When I alerted my sister Carolynn who lives near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho of my intention to attend the upcoming cousins luncheon she emailed back saying, “I’ll book a flight and meet you there.” In her early childhood Carolynn spent many hours with her cousin Carol and they became dear friends but they have not crossed trails since our family moved to California. If you heard a distant commotion and screams of delight in Winters at about noon time on Monday a week ago it was probably them when they met after not seeing each other for more than 70 years. There were plenty of hugs and kisses.
We cousins were taught by our faithful forbearers that we will have the opportunity to reunite with family after we leave our earthly life. If the greeting between Carolynn and Carol is an example it’s going to be noisy up there and not just a gentle strumming of harps.
Nothing makes me happier than greeting a loved one. I do admit to going overboard as Gramps gets an exuberant welcome even after a trip across the street to the mail box.
Gramps thinks the linking of family generations is of great importance. He suggests we ask ourselves, “Why are so many pages of the Bible devoted to patriarchal linage?” I am not sure I understand all of the reasons he feels this way but I can’t argue otherwise as myself and many of my canine friends come with pedigree papers.