Age | 10

Photographer| Laurie Breeden Callies

I am here because I have lost my father in a motorcycle accident. I miss him. We used to have fun and play video games together. I chose my Aunty Gerry to take pictures of because she is my father’s sister. She is caring and always makes me happy. We do a lot of things together, like play board games. We also cook breakfast together. She taught me how to make bacon and eggs. She helps me through the hard times by making me feel better when I feel down, like when I think of my father. She helps me to laugh. I would like to tell my aunty that she is the best aunty ever.

I am smart.
I can play video games really good.
I will be a policeman.

My nephew, Hekili took my picture. I call him Kili. I am his auntie. His dad, Matt, Kaiahua, was my brother. I like just hanging out and spending time with Kili. We watch movies together, make trouble with each other by cruising and playing outside and with board games. I’m proud of Hekili because with everything that’s happened to him in his life he always finds the good in everyone and everything. My dream is that he will some day have his brother, Jhyrin, back in his life. I hope whatever Hekili puts his mind and heart in, that it helps him find true happiness.

I always tell Hekili – and other people – what’s on my mind or in my heart because life is too short not to tell the ones you love how you feel.

Geraldlyn | Paternal Aunt

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