Atlanta, Georgia | My Family Travels

On the first day of July, I traveled with my cousins to see my aunt’s family in Georgia. On the four hour drive there, I thought about befriending my cousin, Alecsis’s brother. I’ve always felt there’s been a misunderstanding and awkward feeling when we’re together and I wanted to fix that, but how was all I was asking myself. I felt tortured not knowing the truth behind hidden words.

As days progressed, I hadn’t given much thought about him. Instead, I was having fun at Six Flags. It was amazing and a distraction to the outside world. It was as if anything that happens inside, stays inside. All the happiness was locked up in one place so when one feels down, they’ll pull the happiness out and laugh from memory. As I look back to my Fourth of July vacation, I had no regrets as to leaving home and finding a pleasant place to remember by.

While at Six Flags, I began to find a connection with my aunt, whom I haven’t seen for months. We discussed college and what I’ll major in. I told her all my experiences from Allied Health 2 in high school; how I saw a woman give birth to her child. It was interesting for me because I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in Midwivery.

The day before I left, everything happened, as if falling down in a chronically order. I learned something concerning Alecsis’s brother and me, and also my aunt and me. First of all, I found myself open up to my cousins. I told them how I felt towards him and how befriending him was so difficult. They gave me such a confident answer that I wanted to laugh after their explanation. The reason why he ignored me and gave me uncomfortable feelings was because he didn’t know how to talk to girls. He’s very alive with children and close cousins but when it comes to girls he’s not comfortable with, he blushes and isn’t as hyperactive as he would be. It’s sad how he has a weak side, but adorable how he shuts himself down in front of me only because he didn’t take the time to know me. Now as I think back, I like to laugh at his reasons. I mean, no wonder he’s so quiet when I’m around; he just has a weak side to him.

The other relationship happens to be my aunt and me. As I tried to pay her back for my six flags ticket, she told me how it wasn’t necessary; the main reason for this vacation was to have fun and that’s all that mattered. One of the reasons that made me cry was how she explained I was the first priority of my parents and their first hope in continuing education and pursuing an interest in nursing. In our culture, usually the boys are supposed to help parents live a better life but in this country, the first child usually has all the reason to help parents. I am the first child of my parents and all the hope and expectations come from me. This made me cry because she gave me the opportunity to let me come along with her family to six flags without paying her back. She made me believe in myself to become a better person in doing whatever I shall do in the future. Even though she lives two states away from me, I’ll always remember her kindness and thoughtfulness. 

This vacation made me realize what I’m looking for in the future. Not love, but hope.

  

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