Christal Mancari/Writer. Luke Mancari/Photographer
Siblings from Virginia,
I have asked my brother who I now live 2,772.3 miles away from, to help me close the distance between us by combining our talents of writing and photography. I will be starting a series of short stories and poems based on the photographs he sends me.
It is hard to live so far from one I love so much, someone who is growing up so well, with so much talent. I am sad to not be there with him, the way my sisters were with me, that I am not just upstairs to talk to about girls, and bullies, and homework. I miss him and all the things that I wish we could do together.
When he and I were still both young and lived in Virginia, we would have what we proclaimed as Sunday Afternoon Adventures! No matter the weather we suited up for snow, rain, or sun, to forge streams and climb bridges, to find sandy beaches along the river, to build mud castles. We were little Indians, although I was past the age of playing make believe I wanted him to have what my sisters and I had on the hill side in Pennsylvania. I wanted him to stay out under the trees till dark, but I was a teenager and I wasn’t always there the way I should have been, I wasn’t always the sister that in my heart I knew I should be, and many times he played alone.
Now I am in Oregon, and he is in Virginia, we both still have access to water ways, woody glades, but not to each other. I am not upstairs in my attic sanctuary, I am hardly even a phone call away with our differing schedules and timezones. So this project is for us, for us to relearn what it is to be siblings and friends, to work together, to go on amazing adventures with one another, just like the days when we were young and he got is shoes wet in the icy stream so I gave him mine. Through words and image we get to know each others hearts, we get share the things that matter.