Home isn’t a Place, it’s the People

A time I recognized how lucky I am to live in a town like East Lyme

Opinion of Hannah Gellar

As the holidays approach and families gather together for holiday decorating, family traditions, or even just family movie night, it is important to look around and take a minute to be thankful for your community. The East Lyme community has always been good to me, but it wasn’t until this year that I realized home is not the place, but it is the people.

As the holidays approach and families gather together for holiday decorating, family traditions, or even just family movie night, it is important to look around and take a minute to be thankful for your community. The East Lyme community has always been good to me, but it wasn’t until this year that I realized home is not the place, but it is the people

During the last quarter of my junior year, my mom told me that we would be putting our house on the market because my step dad’s job had moved him to South Carolina. Immediately, I shut down, wondering how on earth I would not be in East Lyme for my senior year of high school. Who was going to write my college recommendations and who would I sit with at lunch?

A million questions ran through my head, but above all it all came down to the people I would have to leave behind. Teammates, classmates, councilors, coaches, teachers and friends have constantly been a support for me. Whether it has been being a part of a winning ECC team for both lacrosse and indoor track, to becoming editor-in-chief of the school paper, leaving East Lyme didn’t seem like it could possibly be an option.

I was extremely fortunate to have my best friend take me in and have her family become my guardians. Of course, not living with my mom and little brother was the hardest decision I have ever had to make, and although I miss them every day, I am forever thankful for the East Lyme community for being my family and making home really feel like home.

I may have so much left to learn during this year of living without my mom, but one tip I can certainly say is take advantage of all the little opportunities life has to offer, even if it isn’t the easiest path. I am from far perfect, and of course, homesick all the time, but I have learned that change is okay. If you want something in life, even if it isn’t easy, go for it. Take the risk. Take the “road less traveled.” I promise you that life isn’t going to be a roller coaster full of ups. However, the East Lyme community has shown me that there will always be someone to catch you during those downs and cheer you on during the ups.

It is apparent to me that I am more than lucky to have had the opportunity to stay in a town like East Lyme. I feel as though we lose sight of how fortunate our community is to live in a town like ours and with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I think it is only right to take a minute to give thanks to the East Lyme community for all it has done for each and every one of us.

Whether you excel in the classroom, running down the field, playing in the band, or painting in the art room, the East Lyme community has been there to help you achieve your goals and guide you in becoming the person you are today.

I cannot even put into words how thankful I am to be sitting in A225 writing for the Viking Saga, or sporting an East Lyme jersey during a lacrosse game this year. But it wouldn’t be possible without the family who took me in and the support I have received from everyone in East  Lyme.

I wasn’t really aware of how much the East Lyme community has been a part of my life until I was nearly taken away from it. Then I realized how much I took wearing maroon and white for granted.

Wherever life takes me, whether that be where I go to school or where I end up settling, I know one certainty. East Lyme is my home, and no matter what, I have a family here. For that, I am forever thankful.

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