Anyone who saw Courage the Cowardly Dog will recognise this joke. Every time this unfortunate dog saves the life of his loved ones, he ends up saying, “the things I do for love.” That’s why it’s one of my family’s favourite cartoons.
I Wanted To Surprise My Family This Holiday Season
It’s hard to match Courage’s bravery, but I felt the same way about my winter break home from college. Going from Waterford to Dublin, then taking a six-hour flight from Boston to NYC, and then taking a one-hour train ride from NYC to New Jersey..
It’s true that I’m to blame because I was trying to save money by flying to Boston instead of Washington (I should have factored in the opportunity cost). Because I wanted to surprise my family this holiday season, I decided to fly home.
At first, I was certain that I would remain in Ireland for the vacation in order to do some exploring. As a part of the tradition, I was reluctant to leave my family for the holidays for the first time in my life. “Why aren’t you coming home? We miss you!”.
‘Mad’ mom urged the other part of me to come home. So I went home, where I completely shocked my loved ones. When my dad first walked through the door, he kept saying, “Wow! and then hugged me.
Of course, my sister found her way into my bedroom and gave me the “oh boy, what is she doing here” look (she loves me though I promise). Mom was sound asleep in her room, so I woke her up and she asked, “What the heck, how?? and embraced me tightly.
It was wonderful to spend some time with loved ones at home, where I could relax and catch up. It was fun to spend time with my family, joke around with my dad, watch some basketball and The Real Housewives of Atlanta with him, annoy my sister while playing The Sims 4, and chat with my mom while watching TV.
Then, when I got home, I could finish cooking it. For the holiday dinner, I prepared a roast and some baked chicken. Unfortunately, the cookies I made ended up being a total failure.
The way she reacted was unique. While we were at the mall last week with my family, she threatened to take down the Christmas decorations she had set up because it wouldn’t seem like Christmas without me there to enjoy them with.
However, I was able to understand what she was saying and I, too, felt that way.