thanksgiving

Grateful for...

T and I in Greenpoint. The right people come into your life at the right time, just like that. Film, photo by Roberto Matteto Photography. 

T and I in Greenpoint. The right people come into your life at the right time, just like that. Film, photo by Roberto Matteto Photography. 

  1. My aunties -- my mother's closest friends who have become my dearest mentors. These seven women helped to raise me, and they made my childhood -- and my life -- magical. Each of them gave a little piece of herself to me, and I carry each of them in my heart. 
  2. The people I have met and the friends I have discovered in New York. This city lends itself well to attracting likeminded souls. Learn something from everybody here, they all have something to show you.
  3. The friends who have known and guided me through the eras before. I find it special to have people who know you though a range of chapters. 
  4. My mother's ethos of pragmatism and kindness. This is the environment in which I was raised, and for my brother and me, it has translated into a set of core values centered around service and contributing to others. I share truly in a spirit of gratitude here, not grandiosity, for I continue to discover that when you orient your life around making a difference, there is a sense of purpose that pulls you to go beyond where you would normally stop.
My fifteenth birthday with five of my aunties. The two sitting next to me have since passed away, which is something that is both hard to wrap my mind around and grounds me -- in the impermanence of life and the gratitude I have for each of them. 

My fifteenth birthday with five of my aunties. The two sitting next to me have since passed away, which is something that is both hard to wrap my mind around and grounds me -- in the impermanence of life and the gratitude I have for each of them.