Being an out-of-state student is difficult, even though the state I am from is only a six-hour drive from Chicago. Since I am constantly working, studying, or in class, the number of times I am actually able to make it home for even a weekend are slim to none. For this reason, I decided to fly home this past Sunday and surprise my dad for his birthday. I had not been home since Christmas, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a trip back and see some of my family while also celebrating my dad.
I arrived in Ohio Sunday
morning and spent the entire car ride to my house laughing and catching up
with a few of my siblings. When we made it home, they all went inside before me
while I waited to surprise my dad. After a few minutes, I rushed inside and he
couldn’t believe it! He kept asking me how I made it and did not stop smiling
for the longest time.
Although spending a day
at home was a very short trip, it was also just what I needed and I am thankful
to have been able to make it for my dad’s birthday. Being fairly far from home
with no family in the city can start to become a little tough after a while, so
it’s important for me to make time to go home and see my family. Although I
usually force them to come visit me in Chicago because I love showing them
around the city and introducing them to my friends, sometimes I miss spending
time in the place where I grew up. Hopefully, my family will be visiting me in
Chicago sometime soon!