A Mile Away - My Family Travels

Around the world today, there are various individuals who travel for business, to visit family, friends, or maybe even to relocate from their current location. Traveling helps the people to familiarize themselves with the environment. Traveling gives you advantages such as: meeting new people, discovering colleges that fit your criteria, or just simply experiencing a different culture and diversity. In my perspective, traveling gives me more color and a sharper photo to my album. Traveling gives me the opportunity to meet up with family, who I have not seen in eleven years. Traveling gives me the opportunity to experience and observe a distinct people in a distinct community. Traveling allows me to have fun, and to help make a difference in someone’s life, forever. 

My teeth clattered and my hands clutched each other as I packed my luggage for my Intercontinental flight to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of the Philly Cheese steaks. My mind flew miles through the air as I imagined the reactions of my family members, who I have not physically seen in almost eleven, long years. Not only would this be my first time traveling to Philly, this would be my first flight. My excitement overwhelmed me. I could not bear to wait any longer. “Mom! Are you ready to go?” I practically begged my mom for this trip. There were moments when she doubted it would be possible, but I never gave up. I kept my head held high and my foot firm low. 

I raced downstairs with my bags swinging from side to side. I dragged my legs to the kitchen, grabbing a banana and an orange juice. And I heard the horn, honk honk! “I’m coming!” I swung the door open and exited the front door. Looking back at my house, I realized what was ahead of me. This would be a week of excitement, a week of exhilaration, and a week of difference. 

We arrived at the airport, waited about an hour, and then we boarded our plane. I was extremely eager to fly. 

The flight was just before three hours long, when we finally arrived in Philadelphia. We went down to the “bag pickup” area and located our bags. All of a sudden, a woman approached my mother and I heard screams. I turned my attention to them, un- aware of the situation. The lady walked up to me and spoke, “You must be…” And she gave me a hug. We walked outside and we waited on my cousins to scoop us up. 

Minutes later, two vehicles pulled up beside us. From each car, two men opened the door and exited the car. Immediately, I recognized him. My cousin. 

We returned to the household of my aunt, where a “welcome” celebration was being held and dedicated to us. There was plenty of food, drinks, and people. I felt welcomed. 

But as the week went on, I began to develop strong emotions for someone who I should not have felt emotions about. He made me feel unique, safe and secure. I had not felt those emotions in ages. When I first made eye contact with him, I felt it, and it felt good. 

One day, we had a conversation. This guy felt similar emotions as I. I knew this was an issue, but I did not want to admit it. He told me that he had not loved like this in a long time. I changed his life. I changed the way he felt about everything. He wanted to change; he wanted to travel to a different level, all because I traveled to Philadelphia.



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