Saying goodbye to your parents is never an easy task, whether its leaving for college, going to a different state for a few days, or in my case, leaving the country for a year. I was born in New Jersey, went to high school and college less than an hour away, and have always been a short car ride away. I had the luxury of being able to go home any given night, enjoy a home cooked meal whenever I wanted, go to family gatherings, and still be around despite being “away” at college. This is the first time in my life that I am not an easy car ride away from home, but rather over 3,000 miles away for the better part of a year. This is a huge change from what my parents and I are used to, which made saying goodbye to them at the Airport that much harder.
Although I know my parents will visit multiple times, and I will be home for Christmas, it is still a difficult adjustment not waking up and seeing them everyday. We are fortunate enough to have tools such as FaceTime to help with this issue, but it still isn’t the same. But instead of talking about how much I miss my parents for the entirety of the blog, I’ll use the second half to thank them. I don’t want to come off cliché and just throw out the casual “I’d like to thank my parents for everything they’ve done” but rather express the utmost gratitude to them for all the sacrifices, lessons, and unconditional love. I hear people say all the time that you can’t choose your family, and honestly I am thankful for that, because I don’t think I could have chosen a better set of parents. Mom and Dad, I can’t wait for you guys to visit so I can share this amazing experience with you guys. I love you guys!