After spending months on a college campus, working hard to balance school, work, and a social life, going home for a home-cooked feast at Thanksgiving sounds like a dream come true. But, sometimes, dreams are better than reality.
1. Packing your bags for the weekend
Expectation: I'll just pack a couple nice outfits. I'll only be gone for a few days.
Reality: Well, I may as well do some laundry there, and maybe my dishes. And, I need my shower supplies. And, my comforter needs to be washed. And, maybe Dad can fix my desk.
2. Arriving at your parents' house
Expectation: Man, I missed a nice mom hug.
Reality: OK, we have been hugging for 10 minutes. I think I can skip the mom hug for the next few holidays now.
3. Staying in your old bedroom
Expectation: Yes. Everything is just as I left it.
Reality: You converted my bedroom into your what? Craft room? Great. I'll just snuggle up next to your fabric pile ...
4. Thanksgiving Dinner
Expectation: This is going to be the feast of all feasts. Goodbye, cafeteria food. Hello, home cookin'.
Reality: I may have forgotten that my mom has a tendency to burn the turkey ...
5. Catching up with relatives
Expectations: "Oh, how exciting! Your life is going just as wonderfully as mine, and everything is great!"
Reality: So, you're a model now, and you're married to a male model, have a model baby, and your dog is a model. How awesome for you. Me? I am in a serious love triangle with food and stress!
6. Playing a game to bond
Expectation: What a fun way to bond! I haven't laughed this hard in ages.
Reality: You cheated! How could you? I hate this game!
7. Heading back to college
Expectation: Finally, I can go back to my friends!
Reality: Despite it all, there is no one I'd rather spend my holidays with.