she's really Filipino

This is Mom2Amara's cousin, Lea.

I am 30 years old, and I met Lea for the first time this week.

It's not occupational hazard. It's immigrational hazard. I grew up here in Ohio after my parents emigrated to the United States. Lea grew up in the Philippines. She now lives with her family in New Zealand. So there are many family members that I have not had the pleasure of meeting. There are relatives that I have never celebrated Christmas with. Aunts and uncles I have never hugged. Cousins I have never poked fun at.

It brings me great joy to spend time with Lea and her parents. And I am grateful that Amara can be a part of this blessed reunion.

No doubt Amara knows she's 'pino. She proclaims her heritage quite loudly.

But aside from her stout nose, I never beleived she had the physical attributes of a Pinay.

Until now.

Sitting beside my cousin, Amara looks Filipino! She really is Pinay!


  1. Is she on your mom or dad's side?

  2. Glad you're getting to connect with some family. And, glad they seem to be family that you would want to connect with!


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