Aruba to me; Courtney Margazano (Heyliger-Webb)

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For today we received a lovely message from Courtney Margazano (Heyliger-Webb).

She wrote to us saying; “Aruba to me is going back to my roots. I grew up in Maryland always hearing people marvel and get excited when my mom said she was from Aruba. It took me hitting adulthood and having a child of my own to realize how special my Aruban heritage is. My grandmother came to Aruba from Anguilla at the age of 12 and my grandfather came from Saba to work for Standard Oil.

When I visit Aruba with my husband and son I get to visit family. I get to hear the stories of my mother’s childhood and see the church where my grandfather was ordained in 1975 as a priest. I get to watch my son play at the beaches his great- grandparents enjoyed. I get to hear the stories my mom and uncle have of growing up on the island. It’s amazing to watch my son experience Aruba and enjoy it so much! I love hearing stories from my mother’s memory of the hospital she was born in and the first “high rise” being built.

The perfect weather, friendly people, amazing food, and relaxed island atmosphere are just added benefits to visiting such a special island. I’m thankful for the museum of industry in San Nicolaas for teaching the rich history of the island. I’m thankful and proud of my Aruban heritage and thankful my son is learning and appreciating it too!”

In the photo: Her husband Matthew and her son Nigel.

Thank you for sending us this beautiful message sharing what Aruba means to you with us and our readers!