The Best Things About Coming Home

The 5 Greatest Things About Coming Home

Of course there are so many great things about getting a break from school, but here are the top 5!


Going to college out of state is exciting, but it can also be lonely. Being homesick is a terrible feeling. Every college student looks forward to break for these five things about going home.

1. Family

"Yeah, friends come in handy, but family is family." - Kacey Musgraves

The first thing you should be excited about is seeing your loved ones! Family is always happy to see you after long periods of being apart, even though you will all probably get on each other's nerves by the end of break.

2. Friends

If your family is chaotic or something you dread, you can't pick your family, but you can pick your friends! Despite the fact that you are leaving your friends at college for a couple of weeks, you can come back home and reconnect with your old high school and hometown friends.

3. Pets

If you're like me, you have missed your pets like crazy while away at college! They will be excited to see you whether your grades are high or low and whether your appearance has changed or not. Pets are always happy to see you and will turn your day around if you come home after a long and tiring day of traveling.

4. Homecooked meals

Enough of that dining hall food for now! Eat up all the food your mom or dad cooks for you because it won't last long. And if you're family isn't so in to cooking, you'll get to visit all the local restaurants you used to frequent and you can order your usual menu item!

5. No responsibilities (for the most part)

Finally, you most likely don't have much to do over break. Maybe a few homework assignments, but you won't have daily classes or club meetings to worry about for a little while. Of course, you may have to help your parents with chores and errands. But, for the most part, you've got some freedom to go and do or stay home and be a couch potato!

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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