I wanted to pop in today, and give a quick summary of my Thanksgiving! When I decided to move to Virginia, I don’t think I fully anticipated how much such a large change would impact me. If I’m honest, I think that I pushed off really thinking about a lot of the small things because I knew that going to school here was the best decision for me. Well, for the first time in 22 years, I wasn’t with my immediate family for the holiday. It. was. weird. Luckily, my aunt lives in North Carolina, so she invited me down to spend the night with her family. Thank goodness she did! Wednesday night, I was sitting in my kitchen, eating one of my Plated meals, and watching “Love the Coopers,” and crying. I was a bit of a mess, and yeah, it’s embarrassing. But I was sitting in my kitchen, in a truly empty house for the first time in four months, and homesickness washed over me like a tsunami. I was overwhelmed. Luckily, I was able to wake up on Thursday, and get in my car, and make the drive to North Carolina. Also luckily, my aunt and her family opened their home to me, and were so loving! So, if they’re reading this, thank you thank you thank you.
The food was incredible. I love Thanksgiving, but I’m usually so full I can’t enjoy the food. However, this year, I was able to save room, and was actually hungry by dinner! Ugh, my aunt’s wife is the best cook. Seriously, so much good food. And the apple pie for dessert (not pictured because I ate it too quickly), was to die for!
Anyway, I usually post about what I’m thankful for. Ironically, I was too caught up in my own stuff to actually think about what I was thankful for. Well, yesterday, I was walking across William and Mary’s campus at dusk, and the Christmas lights on DoG street were ahead, and the leaves were blowing around the Old Campus, and I suddenly thought, “holy sh*t.” For the first time in a while, I took a moment to realize I have an incredible opportunity in front of me. I’m experiencing a whole new part of the country, meeting totally different people, learning legal education in the very place it began, and I have a family who is so loving and encouraging! My aunt also went to law school, and her tidbits of advice that were sprinkled into our Thanksgiving were so needed and appreciated. My parents encourage me everyday, and when I’m too hard on myself, they’re the first to remind me that I’m doing just fine. I’m also thankful for an incredible sister, the best brother-in-law I could imagine, and a beautiful niece on the way!
So, today, take a moment to remember the things you’re thankful for, even though the one day dedicated to gratefulness is gone this year.