Never one to miss out on free food and a good time, I jumped up from the couch and set off on an adventure with Siri leading the way because, well, the party was on the mainland and who knows how to navigate in those parts without GPS? LOL. Anyway, what I found when I arrived was half a neighborhood filled with cars…so many cars, in fact, that I thought I took a wrong turn and ended up in a theme park somewhere. When I went into the house, I realized this was much more than a cookout. There were probably 100+ people eating, drinking, singing, dancing and socializing. But what was cool about the whole experience wasn’t just all the fun everyone was having; I was much more in awe of the fact that although there were more than a dozen nationalities represented of all ages, shapes, sizes, native languages and walks of life, that everyone who stepped through the doors of that home immediately felt like family whether it was their first time stopping by or their hundredth. There were Latinos, Europeans, Asians and folks from The Middle East and The Caribbean all converging under one roof. It felt like I’d been transported into a living, breathing cultural melting pot of happiness. Even a wild boar made an appearance right before dessert. As I stood there taking it all in, I realized that family is about more than just blood. It’s about more than growing up together or sharing a parent and siblings. What it’s really all about is finding people who make you happy and living life to the fullest — whether you see them daily or once a year. Yes, the old saying is true: Home is where the heart is. And in this particular instance, my heart was set on the pot of eggplant-oxtail casserole luring me toward it, and all the people around me ready to enjoy it with me. JORGE ARAUZ, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
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