The cancelled Thomas-McBroom appears to be back on.
Although I'm specifically not calling it a reunion, just a get together. The family is laughing at me but I mean it.
As I had said in my previous posts, my committee cancelled the reunion because folks were too slow sending in fees although they only originally gave them two weeks. I fought and got the extensions 2 times and then the committee took over and just canceled everything.
I was hurt because I had really really been doing all the foot work, everyone else was working by emails on what could should must be done, but I was doing the actual work. Moving on...
After it was cancelled I had family that had paid their fees call me because they had done their parts and was saying that they were still coming anyway. I thought I was going to go crazy.
So I decided to just stop, period, pray and let go. That was back in late April, early May.
Then about a week ago I got a call from my dear Uncle who had been trying to help keep things going. He tells me that he was calling to confirm that he will still come and that other members of the family are planning the same. There is even a long lost cousin (80ish) who was close to my mother as a child who had been found, contacted my mother and plans to attend. She sent her fees after the thing was cancelled and my brother sent it back.
I just brushed my Uncle off and said if anyone was still coming they could contact me personally and let me know so I can figure out what to do. What did I say that for? Starting Thursday night, my phone has been ringing non stop. Thank God it's my cell and I take it everywhere but that little bugger won't stop ringing.
The thing that gets to me the most is this: Some of the ones calling didn't know that some relatives are still planning on coming. They were calling from out of the blue saying they had already planned to come, was looking forward to seeing the city and don't want to cancel their plans. Then they ask if they come can they at least come by and visit with my family for a while. Breaks my heart. Then I tell them about the others' plans, they get all excited and say count them in.
Just from this past weekend I have more people coming now than who responded to the big reunion plans. So here is what I feel:
I'm not asking my siblings to do anything. Last time they did get involved they treated everything from a business adventure (which is fine) but their hearts were not in it. Now that it's canceled they see their mistake. So I did tell them that folks are still coming and I am not going to tell them they can't. They say, "It's your baby, all on you." Good.
I told the ones who are planning to come that it's not a reunion and all the original plans are CANCELED but if they come they will be welcomed. I told them I wasn't going to make any type of plans or arrangements (other than making sure they had a HOTEL to stay in) until everyone that was coming shows up. Then we can take up a collection, go to the store and have a BBQ in my backyard. You would have thought I'd offered to give them a million dollars. Come to find out, the plans my family had made was too much for them, it scared them. They are used to picnics and church services, not ready for the amusement parks and other things we had for them, but that's okay too.
Most important, family is saying they are compelled to come. They all feel that they NEED to come, HAVE to come, or are DRAWN to come. One cousin said he dreamed about our city, woke up and went to the website and couldn't stop thinking about it so he called to see if there was anything I could do to get it going again. He was amazed when I told him about others contacting me.
I've been praying, you all know I have. I said from the beginning that GOD was in the mix. I said that He had asked me to speak what I wanted and I spoke this "reunion" as a success. HE told me it would happen despite of the way things were turning out. Now it seems that all the best laid plans were not what was needed but prayer and patience.
I feel that if the family loves us enough to come to a canceled event, we ought to love them back enough to welcome them.
And secretly, I lied to them when I said I wasn't going to make any plans until they get here. I'm stocking up on everything I can except food and drinks...let them buy that, HA!
Please continue to pray for my crazy family...I love them SO MUCH!!