A small sampling of cousins at a Flores family gathering.

It wasn’t anyone’s birthday, or someone’s anniversary, or, thank goodness, a funeral. It wasn’t a Super Bowl party, or even a World Series game.

We tried counting how many people were there that evening at my son Aaron’s home. Our best estimate was about 77. They were all first cousins, aunts, uncles and family of the heart. Many would considered it to be the size of a small wedding. We were grateful that Aaron, who is blessed with a huge home with an even larger backyard, agreed to host the “small” Flores family gathering.

Email contributing columnist Steve Flores at The views expressed here are his own.

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