After my writing conference, I hopped on the New Jersey transit and headed to New Jersey to see my Mom's side of the family. Not so long ago, I saw my Aunt and two cousins, but the rest of my family I had not seen for about four years. Some people might read this with their mouths wide open. Yes, four years. That is way too long to not see your Grandma and Grandpa and rest of the family, but Grandma and Grandpa especially, as they are getting a tiny bit older. It should have happened sooner, but the better focus is that it did happen today.
Stop by stop and staring out the window on the train, the anticipation was building and I was not sure how I would initially react. I knew there would be tears, but I was not sure if there would be waterworks. My Aunt picked me up an I walked to the back deck, the place of many family gatherings and the "family" photo, and there they all stood. My two Aunts, two Uncles, cousins, my Grandma and Grandpa, and fellow guests.
Tears came down and a true blessing to be reunited with my family, to feel supported, to feel loved, and to feel cared about-that is why people live for their family I get it, but I just don't always feel it.
With some bbq, music, and catching up-everything went beautifully and this time I was present for the family photo....(Above)
The exciting news for our family is that both my younger cousins(I am the oldest) are engaged and I am hoping the little one keeps her solo days just a while longer. They are both very happy and that makes me happy. Adore them both and want the best for them!
Just because you go away.....
It doesn't mean you're forgotten
Priscilla CL Raj is a Therapist, Missionary, Writer, English Teacher. She is an enthusiast who is passionately purposeful in her life.