You never realize how much you miss home until you go there. Even though I originally wasn't planning on it, I went home for Easter weekend and I am so glad I did. Not only did I get to spend time with my family, but I also got to catch up with a few friends who were also in town! It was such a relaxing weekend and exactly what I needed before school kicked back into gear.
On Friday, I picked up my sister from school and went to Starbucks to catch up. Afterwards, we went to a baseball game at my high school, where my sister is a junior. It was a little odd to be back, but it was fun to see some of the seniors and hear about where they're headed in the fall.
That night, I got tacos with one of my best friends from high school! It was quite the reunion.
Catching up with good friends always hits me with the reality check that the world does, indeed, move on now that I've gone to college. Hearing about my friend's life updates on Friday evening was wonderful as always, but it was weird to think about how I'm not there for those moments. I realized how much I didn't know about her life when, in high school, we knew each other's day to day going-ons, down to what we had for lunch, simply because we saw each other every day.
Anyway, on Saturday, I caught up with another friend and then went to the mall with my sister! We love the adorable Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM at our mall and definitely had to make a stop.
College has also made me appreciate my relationship with my sister more and more. We used to take each other for granted - as in, we didn't necessarily spend that much time together since we saw enough of each other at home. Now, I always, always look forward to hanging out with her and hearing about her life when I go home or when she visits. There isn't much I regret about high school, but one thing would definitely be not spending more time with my sister.
And then it was Easter! The weekend flew by way too quickly. In the morning, we all went to a favorite brunch place and then headed back home to continue our annual tradition of dyeing eggs! Unfortunately, I somehow forgot to pack enough clothes, so I ended up having to wear the same shirt I wore on Friday!
This weekend really was the best. It was a little weird to come back to Athens because the two short days I had at home threw me back into a normal rhythm - I almost felt like I was in high school again. But, as I write this from my dorm room futon, I feel like I am where I'm supposed to be; it's as if I have two homes - two places where I feel comfortable and where I want to be. It really is an odd feeling, just as any transition is, but I love it all the same.
Hope you all had a lovely Easter!