Music festivals and family activities are hallmark events of the Labor Day holiday. Family activities range from cookouts to dance-offs to three-day family reunions.
No one knows better how to throw a family reunion than the Boyd family. This past weekend, during some of the hottest days this year, they still came together for their 50th reunion.
And if we hadn't known for ourselves, we may not have been told that the Boyd family includes NBA great Elliot Perry, minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, because to them he's just another cousin.
From the tree of Bill and Minnie Boyd, they are toddlers in their twos to seniors in their 80s and beyond.
Perhaps the family's most notable member is Perry, the University of Memphis grad and NBA great. He's watched younger cousins grow their ability to shoot hoops but it was through the lens of the family reunions that he saw them grow to be strong young men.
This golden family anniversary in 2013 started with two family reunions a year. Over 30 years the Boyds had two family reunions a year so everybody could fit in.
The bold black and gold shirts spell out Boyd with pride and wearing these shirts are bankers, entrepreneurs, teachers, real estate brokers.
But with or without the shirts, there is no way to miss the love for one another and respect for seniors.
God's love, honesty, education, and staying together are perhaps are the four pillars of strength for the Boyd family. As the Boyd family prepares to mark its 51st family reunion. They think about how these reunions have shaped year after year after year."
Eighty-year-old Milly Boyd Perry is still an usher in church, just like her mom Minnie before her. Miss Milly is the keeper of the playbook on being a good parent. The key: lots of love and absolute obedience.
Hearing the same lessons, seeing the same faces of family, knowing a real love, a 50-year tradition that helped shape an NBA star continues to build generations of the same family.