The Family Meadow by John Updike

The joyful family reunion with children gaily playing the horseshoes and the quoits, women laughing, and then, everyone’s eating in the pleased frenzy- what can be better? By noon all family members have arrived- from Aunt Eula who has already had seven strokes to zealous and reckless Claude. They all have come here, to the New Jersey meadow to give a tribute to the Tradition. The tapestry of the family fortunes is impressive: the invisible thread brings together such different people as veterinaries and butchers, yeomen and ministers, milkmen and real-estate dealers. It’s insane and truly mysterious that one simple word ‘FAMILY’ made and still makes even the most dissimilar personalities create an enduring Unit.

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