Labor Day weekend isn’t just an extended weekend for my family. It’s the time when my mom’s side of the family, the McQueen family, has its reunion in St. Pauls, North Carolina. Every year, we come from near and far to celebrate our family’s heritage.
My grandfather and his brothers and sisters started the family get-together 37 years ago. We’ve made it a tradition to meet every year. The younger generations are making it a point to keep the tradition alive for many years to come.
Just because I use a wheelchair, my relatives don’t treat me any differently. There are a few family members with disabilities and we all enjoy being around each other. I have been deemed the official family photographer and go around snapping photos of the festivities.
We spent the weekend at a recreation center where there was food, fun and fellowship. The kids enjoyed playing outside in the jump castle while others stayed inside to play bingo. With a family “rooted and grounded in love,” our annual tradition will continue for generations and generations.