It was the first time in over ten years that my generation of cousins, from my mom’s side, were all together. The last time was for my oldest cousin’s wedding in Los Angeles. This time, we were all together to celebrate my grandma’s 90th birthday. Even though we don’t keep in touch regularly, my cousins are a great group of people and we enjoyed catching up, having fun, and kept each other company through all the obligatory meals at Chinese restaurants with our respective parents, who also came for my grandma’s birthday.
I took a few days off so that I spend more time with my cousins, uncles, and aunts during their visit. My parents usually have the same tourist sites they take visitors, but since it was their siblings and their spouses, who have lived in Portland in the past, we had to come up with new places to visit.
We had a big birthday dinner at Wong’s King as the main event. It was a lavish multi-course meal with exotic seafood that most of my cousins and I didn’t eat, but our parents devoured. After the dinner party, the cousins got together for a night of karaoke, ping pong at Jack’s workplace, and rescuing one set of parents lost in Portland.
The day following, our family who stayed in town rode in a hummer limo to Multnomah Falls. It was fun seeing my grandma enjoy everyone together, having a good time in one big party wagon. I hope that by the time I reach 90 years old, I’ll be able to gather my family together to celebrate great memories and create new ones.