It was nice seeing my extended family at our huge family reunion this past summer.
The location is usually my grandparents’ home, but that might change soon if they sell their house like they’ve discussed. My cousins all live in the state so few of my family members have to travel far for these gatherings. It’s great getting to see these people again after so many years of breaks in between, particularly now that we’re all of the age where some are getting married and having children. Seeing their kids at the family gatherings is its own treat, particularly now that some of them are getting old enough where they can play catch or frisbee. I was chatting with my cousin during a barbecue and he was telling me about how he passed his certification tests for HVAC. He has a small one-man operation right now and is constantly working. Since I had previously agreed to help him move into his new apartment, he told me that he would give me free service for my air conditioner whenever I need it. This isn’t anything to brush off, because HVAC service and maintenance is expensive. It’s nice having my coolant topped-off without having to pay a cent now that my cousin is handling all of this work for me. I’ll help him with more than just moving apartments if he keeps giving me free service on my central heating and cooling system. I wish I had a good skill for trading services with him, but short of cooking him meals I don’t know what I could do. I am a programmer for a web development company, but he doesn’t need a new website anytime soon.