I love a party! Birthday parties, wedding parties, new home parties, going away parties; any old excuse and I’m there.
Last night I partied with about fifty people – some whom I’d never met before, some who I knew very well and others who I knew…but didn’t know what close connections we shared.
The reason for the party was a family reunion. At the end of last year somebody started up a Facebook group called ‘Redditch Past and Present’. A friend of mine send me an invitation to join the group so I accepted; being Redditch born and bred, why would I refuse?
Within weeks a photograph from the mid 1900’s, of a ‘Faggot and Ice Cream’ shop in Beoley Road, Redditch, had been posted up and I (and many others) commented, ‘That’s my (great) grannie’s shop’. My auntie Gill (always a good one to suggest something) commented, ‘Leigh, why don’t you organise a get-together?’
I guess my work-life has been spent organising meetings and conferences. I also love to plan in lots of dinners, trips out, suppers with friends and family meals, into my personal life.
Without really thinking about it I picked a date, posted it on Facebook and arranged a venue – my sister, Jackie, suggested the venue, and I am still questioning why it was me that went to beg the club to let in non-members on a Friday evening??!!
I had no idea how many Lewis’ descendants would actually turn up, so told the manager at the club, ‘It may only be half a dozen, or it could be perhaps twenty’. When approximately fifty arrived I felt a tad guilty at our invasion – I guess we swelled the coffers though so didn’t feel too bad!
Anyway, meeting so many ‘cousins’ – goodness knows how we work out all of the relationships, after all what is my Mum’s cousins, daughter or son to me (see what I mean), but the families physical likenesses were very evident. We all had a fabulous evening and many are making noises about ‘doing it all again’. Now, I do love a party but organising another family reunion…oh, go on then!
Partying like it’s 1999…it’s A Girl Thing in my opinion!
PS thanks to my OH (Tom) for forming the beginnings of the Elizabeth (Wiggett) and Albert Lewis family tree, and TIA to Oliver (nephew), for offering to put this info on some software that we can then send out to all members!