‘Tis the Season…for Homesickness!December 4, 2009
In the four months since I got here, I haven’t had too much trouble with homesickness. But I have to be honest: it’s gotten a lot harder ever since my family left. And with the holidays coming up, it’s been even more difficult. I’m definitely still glad to be here, but I have to keep reminding myself to not wish the days away between now and January 2nd.
Part of my restlessness has been unhappiness with my work schedule. The transition to working evenings/nights at Magic Kingdom has been easier physically than I expected, but harder mentally. I don’t feel physically exhausted anymore when 1:00 AM starts to roll around, but I don’t feel like my usual sunny, perky self when I have to sleep in until 11:00 the next day and then don’t have time to do anything fun before my next shift starts. All I can say is that I’m glad I didn’t have to keep this schedule the entire program. I just don’t know if I could have made it.
But not all is doom and gloom in this magical kingdom I call home. Although my roommates and I didn’t get to go home for the holidays, we did get to have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner together. And even if we’re not related, we’re definitely a family. Melissa had to work, but the rest of us didn’t have to go in until late afternoon, so Traci cooked us a delicious meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and all of the other traditional Turkey day dishes. We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then sat around the table, taking turns sharing our “thankfuls.” We all agreed our “Florida family” was definitely something to be thankful for!
There’s a lot of exciting stuff coming up. My grandparents should be landing in just a few minutes at the airport. Two of my grandma’s sisters and their husbands are coming to meet them, so the six of them are going to have a wonderful Disney vacation, and I’ll be spending most of my time off with them over the next week. There’s also a trip with people from work to see the Candlelight Processional narrated by Anika Noni Rose, the College Program Winter Formal, the midnight showing of “The Princess and the Frog”, the College Program Completion Ceremony, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to look forward to. Hopefully the old adage about time flying and fun-having will prove true, and all of these goings-on will distract me until after the difficult holiday season is over.