The Divine Power of Family

By Asia Daggs
Assistant Web Content Manager

After a long three years, my family and I were finally able to spend our first holiday together.

My mother and three younger siblings moved for Seattle, Washington during the beginning of my senior year of high school, back in 2013. I stayed behind in order to finish up the year and get everything together to be accepted into Texas State University. Not leaving with my family was probably the hardest decision I’ve had to make to this very day. However, I do not regret my choice. I just wish we could have all been together to celebrate my high school graduation and the prior excitement of my first year as a college student.

Photo by Asia Daggs.
Once I started talking to my mom more instead of dwelling on how she was so far away, I started to feel better and less lonely. Photo by Asia Daggs.

I had been dwelling on that sadness for a while and it really affected me mentally and emotionally. I threw myself into a lot of different organizations and clubs at school so I could keep myself busy and not sit at home for long periods of time. I basically slipped into my own form of depression by only being super active at school and being sad when I got home. After a few weeks, I was done being angry with my mother for wanting to leave Texas. I made sure we talked every day over the phone or social media and it made their absence a little easier to swallow. This process was drawn out over the next two years as well; I moved to San Marcos and the pang of sadness hit me again as I had to move into my freshman dorm without my mama. A year later, the pain would make a comeback once again when I moved into my very first apartment. Day to day living was not bad for me; It was just the little special moments that I wished I could share with her.

Fast forward to August 2016 and we are finally a complete family once again. My mom was able make up for missed time by helping me move into my apartment this year. I have gone home more times in these last few months of school than I did my entire sophomore year. Having my family to go home to has made me the happiest I’ve been in a long time. Thanksgiving felt so great; we went to visit our extended family which made it even better. Now that I have them close, I can tell my overall mood has changed and my heart literally feels so full.

Never underestimate the divine power of family love.

Holly Henrichsen

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