Before we couldn’t, my family and I were set to go on a trip to the Philippines in March of this year. Dad hasn’t seen his family in over a decade and mamang is getting older, so we felt like it was important we see her while we still can. 

The prospect of visiting home again was exciting to me; it had been so long since I’ve been there and I had grown so much since then that I could go more consciously, aware of what I’m interested in learning, seeing and doing once that plane landed. 

I was looking for everyone at home to meet me where I’m at right now, just as I would be excited to meet them where they’re at too. Twenty years is so long! I miss them very much.