It’s the morning of June 29th, and there’s a stream of sunlight beaming through both bedroom windows. As the rays hit my face, I smile widely–eyes still closed, basking in the warmth. It’s the first morning in months I’ve felt the urge to jump out of bed without hitting the snooze button–so I do. I pull the curtains and gaze at the beauty that is nature–the bright blue skies, the lush green hills, and the early morning quiet (sigh) omg the quiet. I feel miles away from my regular life, actually, I am miles away from my regular life, and I am in total bliss. I am HOME…Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Hairouna; Land of the Blessed; capital-Kingstown; 133 square miles of pure beauty (150 if you count the Grenadine islands) in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
I can’t explain my love affair with my homeland, but I guess I don’t have to. Each of us has a special connection to the place we first recognized as Home. My main connection there is of course my amazing family, but it’s also where I learned right from wrong; where I met my closest friends; where I experienced love for the first time; where I took my first steps; where I made my first memories. There’s a wave of nostalgia that takes over when I glimpse the first bit of green from way up in the sky, right before we land–and my eyes still well up with emotion when the plane finally hits that runway, the feeling never goes away.
I try to go back as often as I can to the dismay of my bank account, but it’s my lifeline. It’s where I can exhale again, and get back to my happy place–it’s my form of therapy and self-care. Whether it’s for the Bequia Easter Regatta, Vincy Mas (our annual carnival celebration), or just family time, I always feel renewed by the end of my trip, ready to change the world. New York is now my life…has been my life for over 25 years, and there’s a different type of nostalgia that comes with that. I actually couldn’t imagine living anywhere else (although I have considered it quite a few times), but Home is where the heart is–and well–my heart will always be in sweet SVG.
To list the million and one things I love about this tiny island (including the food) would take an eternity to write…so I’ll just try to break it down into tiny doses and talk about some of my favorite activities in future posts. Meanwhile, scroll down and click on the link at the bottom of this post to find out more about this island of mine.