Welcome to November. Notice the falling leaves, and ever decreasing daily temperature. Watch as people struggle to decide whether to wear that sweatshirt in the morning or if they should go full winter marshmallow. November is also home to a very well known holiday, at least here in the U.S. Can you guess to which one I’m referring?
If you thought immediately of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing; you’re right. Thanksgiving. That holiday we all celebrate but only in the sense that we eat until we physically can no longer support our own body weight. Back in the day, (pre-college years) there was always this growing anticipation for what was to come. Yet, now that I’m at Lehigh and part of this community, that sentiment has taken on an air of sadness.
At first, heading home sounds like a fantastic idea. No tests, little to no studying, and perhaps most importantly: No Homework. Yet this also means, no midnight pancakes with your chums. No more game nights, no more people to prank, and just overall less diversity. When I walk down my hall, I always walk into someone and for a few moments as we talk I get a glimpse into someone else’s life. Back home, there simply aren’t as many people to hear stories from.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to be getting a break and catching up with old buddies. But I’ve realized now that November will never really be the same again *sigh*.