By: Caroline Pietrick

This year at Thanksgiving, I was able to spend meaningful time with my family and friends without the stress of homework hanging over my head. This is one of the many great things that separates our school from other schools in the area. For example, my grandmother came up to visit us this year, and I was able to help her cook our Thanksgiving dinner, play cards with her, and just enjoy her company. I would usually just be in my room working hard on my assignments during times like these. In addition, this is an especially nice break from school because the midterm exams are approaching fast, and it is always more enjoyable when there is no homework to do and just less stress overall during these times.

My grandparents were unfortunately out of town on Thursday on a cruise, so we were not able to celebrate on the actual day of Thanksgiving. Instead, we moved our celebration back to Sunday. I am glad we did because it would not have been as good of a Thanksgiving without them. In my opinion, Thanksgiving is about spending time with your family and reminding yourself why you are thankful for all of them. It is also a great time to remind yourself of everything you are fortunate to have and everything in your life that you should be thankful for. I am thankful this year that I have three grandparents that I was able to spend a couple days with, catch up on their lives and travels, and remind myself why family is so important to me.