Maui (left), Kuha’o (back center), Marli (eldest niece far right), Malika (youngest niece left), Tea (center), and baby Aria.
Today my sister and my nieces will be hopping on a plane to Las Vegas where a fresh start to a new life awaits them. I cried on my drive to work this morning after kissing them while they were still asleep. I don’t know how I am going to be emotionally with this huge change. My sister and I have always lived within 2 minutes of each other; we did everything together and made sure that our kids were tighter than any cousins could be. My eldest niece is the same age as Kuha’o and my youngest niece is the same age as Tea. They’re more like siblings rather than cousins. I know that the separation is going to be extremely hard on the kids. When my brother-in-law was sick with cancer they moved in with us and have remained with us even after his passing. My sister one day just decided that she needed a change. Everything here is a constant reminder that my brother-in-law is no longer here and she just needs to get away from it all.
My heart is aching, but I know that with the loss of my brother-in-law they need to do this for themselves and I support my sister and her decisions. I just hope that they find happiness. I pray that my nieces love their new schools and make a ton of new friends. I worry because growing up on an island we just live a really different lifestyle than in the mainland. I’m dreading the fact that I won’t be able to see my nieces and won’t be as involved in their lives the way I have been. I hope this time away will be a time for my sister and her daughters to bond and heal together and hopefully they’ll wanna move back really soon!