Last year, when I left for Thanksgiving break at 5:00 on Monday from Marist, all that was on my mind was getting home so I could relax, sleep in my own bed, and eat a nice home cooked dinner. One can imagine then, the chaos that erupted, when 5 minutes onto the Thruway, my car decided to die. I pulled over to the side of the road, opened the hood, and was greeted with a cloud of smoke.
GREAT. It was dead.
That is where the panic set in. Imagine being stuck on the New York Thruway, two hours from home, in the dark, in the cold, with no jumper cables. So what did I do?
I called my dad.
He picked up the phone, ran through everything he knew to try and fix it and when nothing worked without hesitation he said,
“I’m coming to get you”.
Long story short: 7 hours, a Palace Diner stop, a call to a tow company, and much distress later, my dad delivered me home safely and without a word of complaint. Since I had oh, about 7 hours to kill from the time the car died till when I got home, the events of the day really got me thinking. What people in your life would go two hours out of their way, straight from work, without dinner, without complaint, to come save you from the darkness of the night and the freezing elements?
I found the answer to be apparent.
The answer is, a parent.
It’s funny how an event like this finally made me realize all that my parents do for me. As I was shivering in my cold car waiting for my knight in shining armor to come pick us up, I began to reminisce on my childhood and I realized that truly, all the success I have had thus far in life can be attributed to my parents. They have given me the proverbial “wings to fly.” Just think, who: drove you home from practice everyday, sat through infinite hours of sporting events, sent you to high school and an amazing college, made home-cooked meals, provided for you, and sacrificed things of their own so that you could have better opportunities? The amount of things that parents have given us and taught us are limitless.
Due to the fact that neither of my parents had the opportunity to go to college, they made sure to be on top of the college search process with me.
I would not be a Red Fox without them.
Thanksgiving is here and so soon shall Christmas be on its way. As each year passes we grow older, and the scary reality of it all, is so do our parents. Appreciate the time that you have with your parents, because they won’t be around forever. Break is a time to relax, vegetate, and spend time with those you love. I guess what I’m trying to say, is that, try to remember who gave you that home-cooked meal, who provided you with that warm bed, and who sustains the place of relaxation which you so enjoy.
So what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
If you ask me, we should all be thankful for our parents.