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  • 30 people, 3 generations, 7 days, in one house. Those treasured 7 days at the end of the year bring us together from our respective corners of the earth in a tradition that has been upheld as long as I can remember. The years meld together in my mind, and soon no one can distinguish the memories from one year to another. The babies become toddlers, energetic middle-schoolers, then awkward teenagers. The elder cousins graduate college, struggle to find their places in the world, and begin to settle down. For the remaining 358 days of the year we live our own lives, engulfed in our own secluded bubbles that drift across the world, straying further and further away. Yet each time we return, no matter how far our lives have taken us, and resume the pattern that has shaped those 7 days each year for as far back as my memory will take me. We end the week with a grand finale - the talent show. As the nominated MC I compile the medley of playful skits teasing one-another, choreographed dances, musical performances, storytelling, and shared gems of wisdom. Every person, young and old, brings something to contribute. As I see my octogenarian grandmother's face light up with delight after each performance from her children and grandchildren, I am filled with warmth and the purest gratitude for the inspiring people that I am lucky enough to call my family.
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