Monday, July 9, 2012

What a trip.

Just recently, my sister, Cynthia and I went to Orlando, Florida together to spend a short vacation.  This was the first time we had done something like that in more than 10 years.  We had many visits to Florida when we were much younger.  We were able to plan our vacation at the same time so that we would fly together to visit my relatives.  We got to visit my mother's side of the family, which included Grandma Rosita, Grandpa Roberto, Aunt Chela, Aunt Mary, Uncle Mark, Uncle Tito, Uncle Joe, and my great Uncle Ralph.  We didn't get to see Uncle Alex since he was traveling.  But, I did also get to see my cousins, who are so beautiful both inside and out.  I miss you already Jojo and TJ!

We had a fun time visiting, meeting new friends, and eating good authentic Mexican and Puerto Rican food.  We got to see spectacular 4th of July Fireworks and swim in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  We stayed out late at the Walt Disney Magic Kingdom and experience the World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.  Very fun indeed.  I think my favorite part of this trip was when Cindy and I had the opportunity to ride the E.T. ride at Universal Studios Orlando.  They don't have this attraction in Hollywood anymore.  We had a nostalgic moment to re-live our childhood.  We grew up with characters like E.T. and Star Wars so we thought let's take a photo.

The greatest moment of all has been learning more about Cindy.  I always wanted to know how to love her more and pray for her.  This trip showed me that by the grace of God. We don't spend as much time as I would like anymore because of our busy adult schedules.  This trip was an experience she and I will always remember.

My experience was so wonderful because I got to learn more about my relatives too.  Lots of changes have happened since I last visited on my own more than 5 years ago.  Nonetheless, there were some things that had not changed.  They love to hug, kiss my cheeks and hug me some more.  I missed those affections so much, that I am thankful for that kind of love from them.  They demonstrate their love by having fun, sharing their life experiences and showing affections, which words can't describe. I hope to see them again soon.  Florida is their home. California is my home.  Two separate worlds, yet our love for each other will always be present no matter where we call home.

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