The majority of my family lives in Santo Domingo. As an only child in NYC, DR meant sunlight, fun, and family. I’d get so excited to visit for the summer, and my favorite part was seeing my sisters.
Hindhira and Oriana are my sisters from papi’s previous marriage. They could never do any wrong. Spending time with them gave me a feeling of belonging. I wished that I could have what they had- each other and papi’s skin tone, lol. I longed to be able to grow up with them and to share their special bond. Even though we were tied by blood, I wasn’t able to maintain that unique sisterly relationship because of the distance and traveling back and forth. I’d stick out… and my classmates in NY would question whether we were truly related. This Polaroid became a prized possesion.