I come from a family that loves deeply. I have learned over my 30 years from my parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles and relatives, friends and their families, what it means to love. What it means to do kind things for each other. What it means to say thank you. What it means to do small acts of kindness each and every day.
A week ago, I celebrated love with my family – specifically, 6 years of life and love with Santiago, from Kenya to Colombia, to New York to Zoom in a pandemic. It was a special moment sharing Santiago and our love story with my parents and my grandparents (mom’s side) via zoom. While there are many others who have taught me what it means to love, this was a small and treasured moment that we shared in this virtual world.
Love can be shared even when you aren’t physically in the same place. We can feel it each day dancing in our hearts. In the warmness of a smile, a laugh, a tiny gesture.
Even in these uncertain days, love is always there, and it’s a fire we can tend to and learn how to use to ignite our lives.
Thank you for everyone who has loved me. You have shown me over the years how to love. I hope that I can love as deeply as the love you have given me.