The Joy of Visitin My Family

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POP! As my ears adjust to the change in pressure while the plane lands on the dark and dusty runway, memories of my family members from years ago run through my head. Aunts in the kitchen mixing spices together, uncles coming home from their job, cousins who have kept me entertained for many hours, and the hilarity that ensues when my family gets together. Walking out of the Indira Gandhi International airport, into the humid climate of India, the family that has come to pick us up surrounds me. Surrounded by all this love and my family members, I am perfectly content. As we drive home through the crowded streets with animals and other cars, my family and I catch up with each other on the major events that occurred in the years that have passed since we saw each other last. When we arrive at home, I meet the other older members of the family who could not come to the airport. Their love surrounds me and I experience the Indian hospitality where everyone is a part of the family, even the domestic servants, who help the family with everyday tasks. The smells of the spices that are us...

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