About this submission
After my cousin's suicide, I needed to tell a story about a child's experience with losing a parent. My cousin had struggled with mental illness for several years and his death was devastating. It was on my flight home that I conceptualized the story of the boy Raisin who dreams of becoming a pilot like his late father. The way Raisin feels about his father is the way that I felt about my cousin: confusion and isolation balanced by dreams of flying away to a place where I can once again be with the loved ones I have lost.