27 years ago I lost my closest cousin to AIDS. I was pregnant at the time of his death and unable to attend his funeral as he lived in San Francisco and I live in New Jersey. I have been unable to bring myself to go back to San Francisco to visit the rest of my family there since then, although prior to that I used to go visit every year. Joey, who passed away, had two older brothers, Calvin and Roy. I have not seen or heard from either of them in over twenty years now. Last time we had contact I had one child. I now have three children and three grandsons, none of whom have ever met any of my fathers family. My dream is to be able to see my two cousins again. I feel as if it is something that Joey would have wanted, and I know it is something that I have been waiting for. My father had five brothers, all of them had children and none of us are in touch anymore. I feel like this contest is my opportunity to once again have family.
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