So, we just celebrated one of the biggest holidays of the year — Easter Sunday. A time for family get-togethers, good food, Easter bunnies and egg hunts, and most certainly, the resurrection of Christ.
All major holidays have at least one thing in common in my family: We get together and we eat.
Sometimes the holidays are the only times we see each other, at least in full capacity.
And today, full family gatherings are even less frequent, because some of my family has moved to other states, and some, for a short while, are living in another country.
In addition to eating, family gatherings are always a good time to catch up on what’s new, or what’s stayed the same. This Easter, the topics were high gas prices, grocery prices, rain that won’t go away, Marcellus shale and Utica shale drilling and the slow economy and job market.
Not exactly the most enchanting topics, but nonetheless things that were on the minds of the people in my family, myself included.
I don’t know if our conversations accomplished anything — other than maybe venting our views and opinions. But I guess that’s good to do sometimes, just so it doesn’t get out of hand.
Politics of any kind can be a contentious issue, and family gatherings can be both a good and bad place to discuss such things.
Sometimes you think because they’re family, they probably share the same ideas and beliefs as you. That can hold true, and sometimes it doesn’t.
How about you?
What were the big topics at your family’s Easter gathering? Did you get anything figured out, or at least make your views known?
Maybe you talked about vacation or retirement plans. That would sure be more interesting than the high gas prices, though I suppose the two are connected.
Or what of those NBA playoffs? Somebody sure needs to knock off Miami Heat, right?