I guess we could only escape the onset of winter for so long! :( For Thanksgiving I went to visit my Godmom who lives in the heart of Harlem. I absolutely adore New York, and that area is no exception. The people are so vibrant and it’s extremely rich in culture. I mean, what more can you ask for in a mega-city?
So before Thanksgiving I ventured to Times Square to do some typical sightseeing. It really is a dream. There were so many bright lights, people and taxis. I wasn’t even close to being disappointed; thank goodness. Then I woke up the day after Thanksgiving to the sounds of the city, went to Katz’s Delicatessen, a place I had put on my bucket list thanks to Food Network’s Man vs. Food and roamed around the Rockefeller Center. With my satisfied taste buds and restored sense of self, I road the train back to Academy. Which I almost forgot to mention was only my second train ride ever…the first being my train ride to New York, so you can only imagine how excited I was.
Then a few weeks later, we had the Winter Formal. Formals are such a good time to see everyone with their plus ones out dancing and having just a genuinely good time. I know I did some serious dancing with a couple of classmates, particularly swing. Swing dancing, I learned, has to be one of my favorite styles of dancing hands down simply because it’s so fun. There’s so much energy, spinning and flipping involved that there’s no way to not have fun. No wonder I enjoy International Ballroom Dance Club so much. Did I mention you get a good workout, too? Honestly, what’s not to love?
Finally, the highlight of the whole month of December was going on LEAVE! After about 10 hours of travel, I was met by both of my sisters, an aunt and my niece and nephew at the airport. It’s honestly shocking how a few months will cause such changes in people, especially kids. For example, the last time I saw my niece she was cautiously waddling around with the use of her legs that she finally figured out how to work. At the airport she was just a puffball of running energy. Really though, she just would not stop going! And my younger sister, who I could once fling over my back like a sack of flour, was at my shoulders almost looking me dead in the eye! Not cool man, not cool.
Winter Leave...there’s really nothing like it. Especially this year. We got like a whole month off. I have amazing friends back home who I love like family and was so lucky to spend so much time with this year thanks to our extended leave. Though our time together is always relatively short, we’re the type of people that pick up where we left off the moment we’re reunited and I love that. I can honestly say that I’m truly blessed with great life friends. And don’t get me started on my family. My father is someone I just cannot live without. He’s both a parent and a best friend, a mentor and supporter, and a true comic. Let me tell you, that man is hilarious even when I’m the butt of his witty little jokes. Still, we’re basically like peas and carrots, but better. My siblings, niece and nephew are cute too of course. All in all, I have a pretty sweet family if I do say so with my biased self. (Love you guys!) Ah December, what a lovely month…except for finals—those could just go away.
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