Words by Nina Lukelo, a political science major from SUNY Oswego who studied abroad in London during summer 2016.
I couldn’t stop staring at the long line for customs that was in front of me, my hands tightly gripping onto my passport and ticket. This is it Nina, this is it.
I turned to my parents who stood behind the gates smiling and waving their hands. I gave them a warm smile and turned my focus back to the line. The line moved slowly, but the next thing I knew, I was boarding my flight.
Photo: A stunning London sunset captured by Nina during her summer abroad
I walked into the plane looking for my seat, which was at a window. I sat down, got comfortable and organized my stuff. I took out a book and while opening it, a picture came out. The picture fell down on the ground and I struggled to pick it up.
“Excuse me, is this yours?” the woman sitting in front of me asked while handing me the photo. “Thank you” I said giving her a smile. I looked at the photo and it was a picture of my mother and I that I had forgotten about. My mother’s smile was infectious and contagious. I smiled as I studied the photo. I stood beside her in front of an old tree outside our old house. I remember my dad taking this picture. Her glassy eyes were so powerful it kept my mind and spirit tranquil.
Photo: Nina in London
Her eyes have always kept me calm and at ease, bringing me to a state of peace; just one glance would do the trick. I flipped the picture over to where it read Mommy and Nina, 2005.
I smiled and sat back as the flight attendants gave their instructions for takeoff and though: Now I am ready for the journey that is ahead of me. Next stop United Kingdom!