And it's a serious post, because if I'm going to post once every 3 months, I want it to be good.
So once upon a time- I think I posted it here, but I'm not sure. But once upon a time, as in last Spring when I was unwittingly facing a summer at home that was NOT what I had planned, I remember thinking that this forced summer at home would be a good thing because it would hopefully help me detach a little from home. And it worked. Too well. There's so much I love about home, but it used to feel like there was so much that I loved about home that I couldn't get here at school. But I don't see those things anymore. I LOVE my friends from home; I think they're so incredible and can never be replaced. But I never get to see them. I don't keep in touch when I'm away, and when I go back everyone's DATING each other and I'm like the 43rd wheel, which SUCKS. There's no real culture there that I miss; I miss Mexican restaurants and driving aimlessly, but what good did those ever really bring me anyway? Really the only reason for going home was for my family, especially my dad and sister, but isn't the point of family to take advantage of them so you just assume they'll always be there?
This sounds much more obnoxious and bitchy than I meant for it to. I still adore home. I still harp on WV every chance I get. I still adore all my friends from home, whether or not I ever get to see them. SO, since I missed a Thanksgiving post, I'm going to post all the things that I'm thankful for related to HOME, because it's easy to get off track from being away and I think it will do me some good.
SO. Home. I am thankful for:
-My father. #1, hands down. I've already called him twice today. He's my best friend and the smartest person on the planet, I'm convinced. His is the only advice I truly take. I'm thankful for everything he does for me and for the rest of the family- which is legitimately EVERYTHING, because he's the only functional leader, anyway. He is everything I want to be, period.
-My sister. She's so goddmaned smart and adorable, and I can't bear to think of her leaving for college in 2 years. RIDICULOUS. But sometimes she calls me to tell me something funny she found on Wikipedia, and it's just so adorable.
-My brother. Really, I am. Because sometimes he really does make an effort to be nice to me and get interested in things I'm doing, and it's really nice.
-My house. It's falling apart- like literally- but it's the only HOME I've ever known. I have a big ol' room that's a big ol' mess everytime I go back and the most comfortable bed the world has ever seen, I'm pretty sure.
-Mountains. No matter how much I start to reject WV, I can never lose any love for mountains. Mountains and trees and paths and biiiiiig open skies and winding roads and night drives and lots and lots of stars.
-Capital Street. It's my favorite street in Charleston. Taylor Books and Inta Juice and Ellen's and the library and the Peanut Shoppe and the levy and cute little trees and brick paths. SO CUTE.
-Mountaineers. And team spirit and the love of an entire state for one team. And NEW ORLEANS on January 7th. So excited.
-Small planes in an airport that's NEVER crowded or delayed.
-Betsy. And singing sooooo loudly in the car.
-Blackwater Falls. Easily my favorite place. Ever, actually.
-Jonny Blevins. As a representative of all my friends from home becaseu I don't want to go through all of you, but I love you ALL. But I really love Jonny Blevins because he's always ready to do ridiculous things, like let me drive a 4-wheeler around his yard or watch shitty MTV until 4 am, which I really can't do with anyone here. And because he just has this WAY about him that no one can resist- I've never met someone who didn't like him and didn't want to be his friend. Who wouldn't want to be friends with JONNY? And he sings in the car with me sometimes, and he just makes me smile all the time and I genuinely look forward to seeing him. I truly believe Jonny is capable of anything, and whatever it is that he someday goes off and does, I hope that I at least get to see from afar, because Jonny Blevins is an adventure, and I am thankful, really honestly thankful to have him- and all my other amazing friends- in my life.