The gathering of relatives
Who live near and far.

Traveling short and long distances
By plane and train
And by car.

The sharing of stories
And life's experiences
Some that are happy
And some sad.

The seeing of changes, uniformity
And growth
And surprises
To be had.

The showing of love
And togetherness
With hugs
And joyful tears.

And the sincere promise
To each other, to reunite
As a family again, in the coming years.