I thought my foreign roommate was crazy for flying back to China for the holidays. As I pass the break lounging around my all-too-familiar house, however, traveling a thousand miles suddenly does not seem so unreasonable.
Returning home is like being enveloped in a warm and comfortable embrace from a friend you forgot you had. Curled up on my favorite white leather couch sipping a steaming mug of hot cocoa, the remnants of headaches from finals week gradually melts away into a rosy haze. If I were forced to stay on campus, I know that I would never be able to let go of my worries.
It is not that I can’t relax at OSU – on the contrary, I possess the rare talent of falling asleep whenever I stick my nose in a book in the library. I just feel that constantly being near classroom buildings would shamelessly remind me of the upcoming stresses of next semester, which I am currently blissfully ignoring.
Being home brings back all of the excitement of the holidays I experienced throughout my childhood. I get to stalk around the Christmas tree, sniffing and shaking each of the elaborately wrapped presents in my anticipation. I can wrestle my cat into a bell-adorned collar while screeching “Jingle Bells” at the top of my lungs. Best of all, however, I can laugh with my family throughout it all.
Due to the fact that only my parents and I immigrated to the United States nearly two decades ago, my entire extended family is still located in China. I already feel saddened that I cannot spend this special time with them, but the presence of my mom and dad slightly offsets the feeling. My heart goes out to those who cannot even experience this basic luxury.
To anyone feeling lonely these holidays, do not despair! In only a week’s time the entire OSU family will be back to enjoy or weather the spring semester together, headaches and all.