I was sitting upstairs watching tv when my social justice mindset kicked in: I should be grateful for the family that I have and the ability to celebrate a holiday where people give gifts and celebrate life, love, family, and friends. There are so many people who can’t afford to give their children gifts or purchase a tree for the holidays to decorate. I know what that’s like and it hurts.
Throughout it all: family remains constant. Families stick together through times of grief, sorrow, happiness, etc. We provide for each other if we have it, but support if we don’t. That’s what Christmas focuses on. If someone get’s you something for Christmas, don’t complain; be gracious and kind. I never thought about it that way until I got older, but I am truly grateful for all that I’ve been given in my life.
I was watching “Nothing Like the Holidays” (very Boricua-centric), and it hit me: my family is just like them! Not so much drama that’s packed into one holiday, but similar, give or take a few things.
I remembered back when I was growing up what Christmas was like for me. We would wait for mom to get paid or get money to buy a tree and ornaments that could last without breaking, and we would decorate together. We didn’t have much, but with what we had, we managed to make it work, always.
I loved those times. Just hanging out with my mom on Christmas morning then heading to my dad’s in the afternoon. Sometimes being a kid was the best thing because you didn’t see all that was surrounding you. Now that I’m older, I realize that we had a tough time growing up, but I wont ever take back the memories of putting a tree up and spending time with my family.
Yesterday as i was leaving my friends’ room from saying goodbye to them, in walks security and writes us all up. My friend and I (who are both RA’s) are scared shitless because we could get fired for being there with minors. What makes it 10x worse is that there was a drinking game involved (automatic level 2 out of 4 in the community standards). We spoke to our respective Area Coordinators, but there is nothing they can do; they have to follow the procedure. This procedure got 3 RA’s fired already though.