A gorgeous summer evening of Pride weekend in NYC amidst a throng of dancing queers, I (Krystal, the one wearing the hat), offered to buy a gorgeous, curly-haired Nicaraguan named Claudia, a drink. Being a starving theater artist, my credit card was quickly declined. But instead of walking away from me, the woman who I consider now the most generous person I know, laughed off my embarrassment and bought us a round instead. Now, I am determined to pay her back for those two drinks with a lifetime of love, companionship, and laughter - because the conversation that followed was one where we realized that we had been in each others lives before we had even met. That through many connections in the past - old friends, co-workers, communities - we had been orbiting each other for a while now, but never in the same spaces, because simply, it wasn't the right time. The connection was electric and undeniable, and that evening we felt as if no two people have listened as intently to each other. That night, two years exactly before marriage equality was passed in New York State, we eyed each other curiously over our accidental drinks with a strong feeling that the universe had something in store for us. Who knew it would be the presence of each other!
This looks like a dream. Cambodia and Thailand is on our list of places that we want to go, to experience its history, spirituality, and beauty. We always want to make sure that the travel we do is responsible and gives back to the community. Eco-friendly spaces are important to us. We also love the outdoors, and being close to the ocean and nature, seeing wildlife, and the natural beauty of this earth is our perfect way of spending time together. Being in natural spaces in quiet thanks and respectful exploration is the way this artist/storyteller, and her social worker soulmate choose to be grateful for what they have.
Our home is littered with the things that we love and are passionate about.
- Literature. We have four almost wall to ceiling bookshelves filled with our favorite authors and topics. Both Claudia and I are bookworms. Claudia is a writer as well as a social worker/therapist, and I am a theater director and artist. We believe in the importance of telling stories as a way of healing, remembering, honoring, and owning.
- Spirituality. We have a small shrine in our home. Claudia is a Buddhist, and I am spiritual person, and we believe in giving thanks and respect for what we have. On the shrine is a small bronze reclining Buddha that Claudia carried on her back from India, as well a hanging tongka with a gorgeous mandala painted on it. On the shrine also rests pictures of our family members, wishes, hopes, and positive affirmations that we want to give power to, and many green broad-leafed and flowering plants. It is a space of peace and clarity in our home.
- Family and Culture. Our home is filled with things that remind us of where we came from. The shelves are littered with pictures of our family members, and hopefully as the years continue, more pictures of our two families together! (They live across the country from each other). The fridge and kitchen carries sofrito, bagoong, mangoes, choc-nut, beans, rice, and fish sauce! The smells of Filipino and Nicaraugan cooking are a special part of our home!
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