Seeing “my people”

It has been almost two months since I last wrote a blog post…in the meantime I have been to 4 states, over 15 airports, and have had lots of adventures that I will work to write blog posts on!

But to start, I want to write about one of the best visits you can have–a trip home.

I had my vacation two weeks ago, and went home for the first time since June.

Some things–my own bed, drawers (instead of a suitcase) full of clothes, and being back in my room full of sentimental things–were comforts of home that were much appreciated after two months on the road and many months away. However, unsurprisingly, being reunited with my family and friends was the best part.

Being apart from them taught me how I had taken the easy communication and time with them for granted. I could Skype with my parents on Sundays or chat on the phone quickly while I was walking to class while in college.

As for my friends, the ability to walk down the hall of my dorm or chapter house and see and talk with my best friends, to walk into the local coffee store on campus and now that sooner or later, someone from the newspaper would also walk in, was also something I took for granted.

I spent countless hours in meetings with my Senate friends, and it was a given that I would see them again in a matter of a few days.

Time differences and work schedules make communication hard–most times it is a random Snapchat or long overdue text response (from me), rather than phone calls or video chats.

All of this made seeing almost my entire family extra special. Two of my cousins got married, and I was able to see both sides of my family and celebrate two amazing couples.

I also made a surprise trip to Lehigh, making it a week where I saw more of “my people” than ever.

My best friend was the only person who knew I was coming, so experiencing everyone’s reactions when I found friends on campus was the funniest and best thing. My sister-daughter/little looked at me confusedly in the library when I interrupted her studying, my little-little jumped on me, quite literally, and one of my newspaper friends kept saying “it’s really you!”

I also got to watch the Senate admin forum, hang out at press night, see administrators who have been mentors to me, have lunch at the Alpha Gam house, and dinner at my favorite restaurant with my best friend, making it the most perfect 24 hours at Lehigh.

Visiting home and Lehigh reminded me of how many amazing, loving people I have in my life, and how lucky and blessed I am to have this support system. I miss them dearly every day, but seeing them put me on cloud nine.

It also reminds me of a quote that really resonated with me from the LeaderShape email blast a few weeks ago–

“I am part of all I have met.” –Alfred Lord Tennyson

All of these people have impacted me and inspired me, and are a part of me, and for that, I am really lucky.