For the past two years, many of us have been very preoccupied with planning, writing and organizing for the CMA 2014 Reunion of the Terriot family. And now, it is over… history! I can’t believe it. But what we have are some very sweet memories, many new friends and a few more cousins than we thought we had.
Many people go for the parades, the partying and the various cultural events that the CMA organizes so well. And those are alot of fun but I get a giant kick from meeting new cousins and friends and connecting with them. That is huge fun and those connections last for years.
During the ‘Retrouvailles’ in New Brunswick in 1994, in an interview by Barbara Leblanc, Director of Grand-Pré, Clive Doucet, author of ‘Notes from Exile, On Being Acadian‘ said:
“To me, connections are what these academic meetings and family reunions are all about. We’re trying to expand the heart and soul of Acadie, back in time and also forward. Back to the places where we have come from and forward to the times to come. That’s why we’re here, to make connections with each other that we need to take with us into the future, not just as individuals, but as a people. The speeches (will be forgotten) but the connections between people that are happening now, between you and me, between people from the States, from Ontario, from Québec, at family reunions in Shediac, Richibucto, Cocogne and so on, they will endure. They will make a difference.”
In any case, it was fun guys. I’m already looking forward to CMA 2019 wherever it will take place.
But back to reality, I am making an appeal to any who attended the conferences at Baker Brook and at Fort Kent. If you took photos, please send copies to me at TERRIOT@TERRIAU.ORG. I would immensely appreciate your generosity. By the way, here is a souvenir brochure that summarizes our conference preservations.
Also, for those who were not able to attend the Terriot Reunion Conferences, we just posted the text and handouts from the conferences both for Guy Theriault’s presentation and mine. You will find them in ‘Our Document Library‘ of our website.