There is always sliver lining even in the gloomiest moments life can offer. Early February, I went on a family trip to Jamaica. Which was long overdue since the last time I went to Jamaica, I was 13 or 14 years old, and at 26, my first time going back was for a funeral.
Therefore my intention was set, to meet as much family as I can, take pictures with them, and get their contact information. I didn't want for the next time we connect to be for another funeral arrangement. So I did just that!
Though, not the ideal circumstance, it was the best one! For me, this trip was a celebration of life and a family reunion all in one. I literally met family members for what felt like the first time because so much time had passed.
During the funeral, I learned of a trait that me and late aunt shared, it was the passion to bring people together and sharing moments. As for me its always been capturing moments through my camera lense.
I will admit, I have a very immature and inaccurate reality as it relates to death. I am not afraid of death and I am well aware that death is apart of life. But when it comes to family and close relatives it is hard for me to phantom their presence no longer existing. No more conversations and no more memories to be shared. Therefore, I made a promise to myself, to not let so much time pass until I connect with my family that live outside of U.S. and also to connect with my father side of the family. So I am proud to say I already have a second trip to Jamaica planned for the summer, and plans to hangout with my cousin (Father-side) when she visit Florida.
This short trip reaffirmed the importance of family. Regardless of how often we communicate, the distance that seperate us, family is family and I am beyond blessed to have such a large family.
Rest In Peace
Maxine "Ann" Graham