On Thanksgiving Day my little sister was sending me photos of her and my Dad cooking Thanksgiving Dinner together for the first time ever.
Then my Dad called me and I cried on the phone with him for 10 minutes because I was so homesick. I hung up the phone to go get ready for my friendsgiving party, but then spent 45 minutes searching for the cheapest flight home I could find in December.
The cheapest was $400, but it was totally worth it.
I’m generally fiercely independent and, dare I say it, enjoy a lot of aspects of being on my own. But then homesickness can hit me hard when I least expect it. The friendsgiving party was a total blast and I think just knowing I had a flight home in my email inbox made it easier to enjoy the party and not think so much about being away from family.
We had quite the feast and the party went well into the night. I’m so thankful for this group of friends. I hope you’ve all had lovely holidays and if you’re away from home, don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling homesick sometimes. (And if you’re curious, I met most of these people at a Young Professionals Network group. A lot of us are far from home and it’s helped a lot to have friends who really get what it’s like to be away.)