The Family Quiz

About this time every year Louise’s extended family converge on Grandma’s house for the Rogerson Family Quiz.

Uncle’s and Aunties, Nieces and Nephews and friends of the family travel from all over the country to meet one another, eat together, have a great laugh, and then compete in a general knowledge quiz that, although not taken too seriously, you desperately want to win (or at least not to come last.)

The hardest job of the evening is being Quiz Master. For it is the Quiz Master who preselects the questions, keeps the family in order and keeps the evening running smoothly.

This used to be our Matthew’s job.

He relished it.

He would take months selecting the questions for the evening. A mixture of Sport, Geography, History, Music and Entertainment.  He loved the banter of the occasion. He loved family.

In Matt’s absence tonight’s Quiz was organised by his cousin Charlotte. She did an amazing job. The questions were perfect, and she kept control just as Matty would have done.

It would have been easy to miss this quiz. To find an excuse not to attend. To leave the rest of the family to carry on the tradition without us. But it was important for us to take part. To enjoy the occasion for what it is – a brilliant way for the family to get together and celebrate the love everyone has for each other.

Not everyone can make the get together every year and those unable to come this year were suitably missed.

I missed Matty so much tonight but he would have been so pleased we are keeping the family tradition alive without him.

Congratulations to Louise, Ben and Rebecca for coming first in the quiz. I think my team (including Rachel, Ollie and Mary) came last but that doesn’t matter.

There will always be next year.

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Bill Bates 2019