one of the big perks of teacher life is thanksgiving break. there’s no fall break, christmas break is half the length it was in college & summer is a full month shorter. but by golly, we get a full week for thanksgiving. I got to spend the first little bit of it in dc & new york… seeing old friends & making new ones. then at the end I spent several lovely days at home.
the first day was pretty surreal. I read on the plane & stayed up til 2 catching up with christine (an old friend I lived with in peru). the next morning we went to brunch & browsed a flea market. I wore jeans & tshirts & I didn’t once tie a shoe or wipe syrup off someone’s shirt. culture shock is real, guys.
the rest of the (long) weekend was full of so many wonderful things. trader joe’s, meeting zach’s girlfriend, playing settlers of catan, ice skating in central park with emily (SO FUN), walking so many city blocks, lights on fifth avenue, the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever eaten, christmas shopping, & playing on the roof of katy’s big ol apartment building. (you can read emily’s take on our weekend here.)
it was a fun few days in a city that holds so many happy memories. manhattan is magic… but so is mississippi. & the rest of the week was spent there, with family & new TFA friends. bridge running with my sister, hearing my favorite stories from my grandparents, long breakfast with my mom, the annual broom family Christmas photo, & the kind of sunsets that make your heart sing. now I’m a week back into real life… but with tests to give & christmas break on the horizon, these next two & a half weeks are going to fly by.