Yeah, family gatherings were hell for some time. My cousins were nice and I could do things with them, but often it was very boring.
The funny thing is that when I became an adult and had to take on a lot more practical concerns of life (S-related matters), then those moments of connections became more important to me and I actually enjoyed them on some levels, for a limited amount of time at a shot. This is still far better than what used to happen, which is that I became drearily bored and just wanted and needed to get out.
Due to some family situations, I didn't see any of them yesterday. I'm still not sure if this was a good thing or a bad one.