The Ties That Bind

Food is indeed the connective tissue to a person’s family and culture. Specific flavors have the power to transport us back to our childhood kitchens, and so many know what it’s like to have significant pieces of our hearts overseas.

We’ve officially wrapped up the holidays and since childhood I’ve always wished that there was a way to collectively celebrate with my mother’s large family in Colombia.  Since becoming a mother, I’ve grown increasingly in awe of my own mama’s experiences of raising my brother and me – in absence of her large familial support system.

Her heart will always be inextricably connected to her far away family and beautiful land.

Mountains of Colombia, Colombian coffee growers photo 2Beautiful coffee fincas (farms) overseen by my uncle in Colombia.

That’s why working with Western Union was a perfect fit for me. Like so many Western Union customers and immigrants to this country – my mom never considering sending money back home to be out of the ordinary.  Albiet selfless and challenging – it is a standard within so many cultures.

Every Wednesday, the family gets together for lunch, and my mom calls them on the phone to catch up with everyone.  I can practically taste the soup that they serve just by thinking about it.  I hope that my mother visits her family again soon and adore what Western Union recently pulled off for some customers.  I also admittedly fantasized about escorting my mom to Western Union’s NYC retail location to surprise her with authentic family-love-infused dishes just like the people in this moving video.    Have a look. It is sure to tug at your heartstrings.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.