The holiday season is finally upon us, which means I’ll soon be booking train tickets back home from school.
Just the thought of getting to see my mom and my little sister is super exciting, but not as exciting as when we inevitably pack our bags and take a trip up north from our home in Virginia to our family’s home in New Jersey.
My mother and I left New Jersey when I was six years old, moving seven hours away - give or take traffic - to start new jobs, new schools, and a brand new life. However, we never disconnected from our loved ones that we left behind. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins still live back in the city of Perth Amboy, so every year, from October to December, we as a family decide where we’re spending our holidays. This year, we’ll be traveling to celebrate my grandma’s 76th birthday, along with Christmas and possibly New Year’s Eve.
play games, and have huge family talks, just so we know that we never wasted any of the moments we had together.
Between stuffing our faces with food and cracking jokes, I know that I can count on my family to make the most of the limited time we have together over holiday breaks. Staying connected with loved ones is important to me, because they’re the people who, whether we speak every day or not, I know will always have my back when I need them most. December is still a little ways away, but as I count down the days until I’m reunited with my family, I thank God for the opportunity to celebrate life and joy with the people I love most.
Written By Iyana Botts