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Family Reunion 家族のリユニオン

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We were always together….nobody questioned about it. But one day, somebody moved out for university, then somebody got married, then somebody moved for work…. before knowing, our family was forever changed….sad. 😢

Since I was divorced in a foreign country, my three little children and I were like a little cocoon, so close together all the time. I really miss those days…

My boy, Ikkei, got a job in Hawaii, and we decided to have a family reunion in Seattle. After all these years this was the first time all of us gathered together. We rented a house in Seattle for three days. Ikkei’s family drove from Pennsylvania, Tomoka and her kids flew from Tokyo, Rutsu and her baby drove from Lions Bay, of course Neil and I also drove from Lions Bay, and we all joined in Seattle. My three children are now 37 to 33, and our five grandchildren are from 9 years old to 10 months old.

It was crazy noisy, but such a joy. It was my life’s highlight!

It’s so true that the time never comes back. When we gather again, we will be all different. Some of us are aging, some are growing…. that makes the moment even more precious. I would treasure the memory for the rest of my life.

当たり前のように一緒に暮らして喧嘩したり笑ったりしていた家族が、進学、就職や結婚で、ある日一人抜け、二人抜け、気がついたら家族構成がすっかり変わってしまっている。。。寂しいな。特に私は異国で離婚して3人の子供たちとの4人暮らしで4人が一つのサナギのようにして暮らしてきたからかことさら寂しさを感じる。

今夏は長男の一敬が就職でハワイに移転することになったこともあり、初めて子供たちと孫たちと犬たちと猫が全員シアトルに集合して3日間を共に過ごすことになった。一敬たちはペンシルヴェニア州からドライブ、知香たちは東京から飛んで、瑠都たちと私たちはライオンズベイから、それぞれがシアトルに集合した。子供たちは37才から33才、孫たちは9才から10ヶ月。

気が狂いそうなくらいにぎやかだったけど、とっても楽しい3日間だった。私にとっては一生の思い出になるハイライトだったなあ。

本当に、この瞬間は2度と戻って来ない。次にまたみんなで会える時はみんな変わってしまっている。歳をとってたり、大きくなってたり。。。そう思うと、本当に貴重。大事な大事な宝物のような瞬間…

Author: Haruyo Abramson

I'm a musician, mom, and grandma, living in BC, Canada with my husband and three dogs.

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