As I enter my last holiday season at home, I can’t help but look back and think of all the times I’ve had growing up in McKinney alongside my friends and family. I have never felt so thankful and blessed until this year because I have never been so aware of how lucky I have been these past 18 years.
I still remember playing touch football in the median with my brother and his friends, and having a pecan fight with my grandpa and dad. Plus, how my family goes to downtown McKinney’s Dickens of a Christmas every year and then go pick up our Christmas tree and have a decorating party. Or the Christmas decorating that happens before Thanksgiving has even happened in the Festa household. I also can’t forget about performing in Taylor Dance Center’s Nutcracker every year. Yes…I am going to miss all of this. It’s very weird to think that this is my last year to experience all of the above.
As I look ahead, I try to remember to enjoy where I am and enjoy those who surround me while they are still here. As cliché as it may sound, I do have many things I’m thankful for this year.
First of all, my friends and family. Does it get more basic than that? Even though my parents and I drive each other crazy over college talk, they just want what’s best for me. Then there are my friends. I realize every day how much I am going to miss each and every single one of them next year. Whether it’s at a bonfire, playing grounders at the Wilson Creek playground or all of us going crazy in the stands together at sporting events, this is the best year of my life so far and I have to give a lot of credit to them.
Next, my school. This year has been a very large blessing in disguise at McKinney High School. Whether it was the lip dub, the football team going 5-5 after an 0-10 season, or my fabulous senior class, this senior year has stacked up to be better than I could have ever expected and it’s all because of the amazing seniors that surround me.
With it nearly being the last month of the year, I hope you find yourself in just as great of a place as I am. And if you aren’t, I hope you can find that at the end of the day, the good memories should overshadow the bad ones. After all, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.