After a long gap of time between seeing my sweet cousins (my first cousin once removed and my second cousin, to be exact), we reunited in Santa Fe for a weekend filled with art galleries, excellent food, and long talks. Not only did that desert town speak to my very soul, but being surrounded by women in my family did my heart a world of good. It’s rare that I get to spend time with anyone who knows my people, and just to be reminded of who I am and where I come from was refreshing in so many ways. Our last cousin weekend was when I was a high schooler, so to be able to stay up late and talk about life with my cousin Amanda was so special, and I love that we got to spend that time together, especially before she moves to Hawaii!
Janet and Amanda drove from El Paso to meet my mom and I in Albuquerque, and from there we set our sights on Santa Fe. Our first evening we had a fabulous late dinner where we closed down the restaurant after hours of catching up. The next day we spent walking and shopping and gallery hopping – over six miles in total, and I fell in love with all things mole and green chiles and turquoise. We gazed at local art and bargained with the locals and managed to find inspiration around every corner. The following day at the Georgia O’Keeffe museum, I understood what it meant to be captivated by this desert. It truly feels like a place to create.
We all picked up a few treasures – colorful reminders of our time together and a connection to the place. As I boarded the early morning flight back to the east coast, my heart felt full of love and my bones just itching for more glimpses of inspiration. I’m so thankful for my sweet momma who provided me with the entire experience, and for my cousins who inspire me and encourage me. I may never understand all that it means to be a Keplinger woman, but I’m so glad that I get to be part of that story.
I hope to see you again soon, Santa Fe.