Why did fall break end?

12:00 AM

Coming back from breaks tends to make me feel tired and nostalgic.  I've barely been back in North Carolina for 24 hours, and I already miss being at home with my family.  It was nice to sleep in knowing that when I woke up I would have my mom and puppy there to greet me.  After a few relaxing hours my sisters would come home and my dad would eventually follow.  We're the kind of family that jokes around together, constantly laughing about something silly that probably nobody else would find amusing.  I had a great time at home with my family.  Just saying that makes me wonder what people consider "home".  I have never resided at my family's house in Illinois, simply visited.  I do not know anyone there besides my family, and I couldn't tell you much about the city.  But it is the most home that I have ever felt.  My parents own the current house, they'll be there for a while.  My sisters are growing up there.  There's a sense of stability and relative permanence, and it's comforting.  It doesn't hurt that I genuinely enjoy my visits, especially when I am there during fall and winter.  North Carolina doesn't exactly have those seasons.

Let me tell you, the Midwest has more than enough of a seasonal feel to go around.  I couldn't get enough of it, although my Carolina blood wasn't quite thick enough to endure the cold.  Last year I didn't go home for fall break, but that's because I knew I was going home for Thanksgiving.  This year is different because I know that I'm not going home for Thanksgiving.  I was still a little unsure about being away from my family during a holiday season focused on family.  My mom is an amazing person, though, and she made an entire Thanksgiving dinner so I didn't feel like I was missing out.  She has always worked hard to do everything she can for us, especially during the holidays.  Even during this Thanksgiving that she decided to prepare in October, she made sure that everything was delicious.  It was so nice to have such a delicious homemade meal, complete with all of the usual family silliness.  We then properly celebrated the month by a trip to a local pumpkin patch/farm/petting zoo/corn maze/giant mud hole that appeared after days of rain.  I already have plans to return to IL in December, and I'm counting down the days.

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