Its been 23 years since my father passed away, and as children, we have grown through phases of realization with difficulty. From being a 3-year-old child who didn’t understand what it meant to be orphaned, to being a full-grown married young woman, I now know the full extent of how my mother survived. It wasn’t about staying true to her wedding vows, it also meant that her children always come first. And today, as we step into another year of missing and loving a beautiful soul who earned all the affection and admiration, this candle reminds me of many lessons. We need to remember how we made it together this far and that we need to keep going. Because one day, we will all reunite in a promised land!