It’s that time of year again! Christmas songs are playing off the hook, there are twinkling wreaths all over the place and every email in my inbox has something to do with holiday discounts.
Ah, suburbia. You are beautiful. You are full of golden retrievers, wrap around porches, hot moms, minivans, shopping malls and plenty of handicap parking spaces.
2. When you order Thai food for the third night that week, there’s not an ounce of judgment.
There are four chairs. One by one, couples arrive and ask you if you’ll be needing the other ones. No, you reply with a smile.
I seized the opportunity to snatch a ribbon wand out of the birthday girl’s treat bag. I shoved it into my bag, ribbon side down, and ran outside to hug my mom. I got my wand and I never got caught.
My friend Annie once told me a story about a drive that she and her father took from their home in Tampa to their bay house in Alabama. The story was seemingly insignificant, but it’s always stuck with me.
I came here to struggle, and struggle I have. And I’m loving every minute of it. Here’s a list of things I’ve learned to do, and things you may also want to know how to do, just in case you find yourself in a similar situation.