Every family reunion is actually the same one you had last year.
It’s true, down to the order in which family shows up to the proposed gathering place and who takes responsibility for what. Who cooks, who serves, who helps clean, who plays ball, who manages the kids — all of that follows some order predetermined by age, marital status, and distance to older relatives. As you get older, you’re often assigned a task that sticks with you for a significant stage in your life. If your mother tells you to look after the younger kids, it’s easy to get saddled as the babysitter for the next five years.
That might sound boring, but it’s actually fantastic. Family reunions become less about logistics and more about family. The entire operation functions like a well-oiled machine. Since Southerners operate on an, “If it ain’t broke” policy, if you do a good job, plan on doing it again.