July 11, 2013
. . . A New Perspective on Relationships
Enjoy a summer day with friends and family along a creek in the hills of Pennsylvania.
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On the weekend of July 20–21, my husband’s family will gather for a Harder reunion along a river called Crooked Creek, thirty miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father built a cabin on land originally owned by his grandfather that is now being maintained by my brother-in-law.
Relatives will come from California, Wyoming, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Virginia and Arizona.
There will be barbecued chicken, steak, watermelon, corn-on-the-cob, salads, casseroles, loads of cookies, and all the other kinds of food a family brings to the table when they come together for visiting every two years.
They, especially the children, will grab a wire rope hanging from a pole cemented into this rock and then take a running leap into water that forms a deep pool right off the rock.
A few rocks will be skimmed to see if the person throwing the rock can hit the other side. Some of the family will take a canoe or small boat and paddle up the river for a short distance
Do you have a family reunion planned for this summer? If so, is there a lake or river nearby? Somehow I think water should always be part of family reunions.
Imagine you could bring a friend or family member with whom you want to have a discussion and could stand on this rock, skipping stones and having a conversation about things that are important to both of you. What would be the most important thing you want to say? How might you say it differently if you looking at a river like this one, rather than the place you usually meet?