Lauren James
Lauren James

Thanksgiving break is this week, and I cannot express how excited I am for a week of relaxation. These past few weeks have been stressful and mentally taxing, and I think that we all deserve a break. The election, which feels like months ago, started November off with a BANG. During the week of the election, tensions were high at my school. The visible separation between the “Liberals” and the “Conservatives” induced tense interactions and uncomfortable conversations. Covid-19 cases have reached an alltime high and over 254,000 Americans have lost their lives over these past 9 months. November has been a long month, and 2020 has been a long, hard year. Although November brought grim news, it also came with significant milestones.

My dad turned 50, and one of my grandfathers turned 74 this month. I was able to share special moments with two men who have impacted my life greatly, and while it may have been via Zoom, it certainly wasn’t any less special. Full of papers and tests, my weeks were packed to the brim with extracurricular activities and homework; but alas, we have made it to Thanksgiving – a time to give back and be grateful, a time for rest and relaxation. I plan to spend this break in my room, catching up on my Netflix shows and talking to my family and friends. Hopefully, the country can rest during this next week and truly take time to appreciate and reflect on all of our many blessings, even while we are dealing with the craziness of 2020.

I am truly grateful for everyone who reads my articles. Your messages of encouragement truly make my life better. I wish you all a Happy and safe Thanksgiving, and I’ll be back before Christmas.

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