What are you longing for?

Today I find myself missing my Panamanian home. All the hustle andĀ bustleĀ that’s sure to beĀ happening at my mom’s bakery scrambling to fill all the fruitcake and rum & raisin cake orders. Hovering over pots and pans to sneak a sample from the many party trays to be delivered. The smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and rum in the air.

Hanging out with my mom’s VERY large family: aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, my Grams. Enjoying the potluck of dishes preparedĀ by each of them. The availability ofĀ our delicious tamales, bollosĀ and lechĆ³n. The sound of salsa, merengue and reggaeton emanating from every home on the block. The rowdy neighbors out on their patios sitting, dancing, eating, laughing,Ā drinking and having a merry good time.

What are you missing today?

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