By Joel | November 30, 2010
You may have known from my earlier post that I spent the past Thanksgiving weekend with my roommate’s family in Dallas. I enjoyed every minute of it, most especially because of the wonderful people I’ve met. From my roommate’s siblings, parents, extended families, and friends , I have received and personally experienced what people say about southern hospitality and warmth. It is genuine and it is something that anyone would certainly appreciate.
In the four days that I was in Dallas, I was blown away by the abundance of food and the amenities and comforts of life that were there. We ate bountifully and did so several times a day. We almost forgot that we’ll pay for overeating later. We had a ton of desserts, smoked ham, turkey, excellent Mexican foods, cupcakes from Sprinkles and more. I would not even dare count how many calories I’ve consumed in such a short period of time. We watched TV and movies on end while sipping Dr. Pepper and munching on more snacks. If not this, we went to the rodeo, drove around Dallas, baked banana bread, saw the movie Tangled, made breakfast and brewed coffee using Keurig (best invention ever). We did it all without having to think for a second. It was so easy and comfortable. I loved it.
Then Sunday came and it was time to go. It was time to depart Dallas and go back to Austin to resume the JVC lifestyle. I’m still readjusting to it actually. I have to say that the JVC life is hard and my stint at Dallas just made me realize that point even more. There was one point when we had to figure out how much we make in a year and it was a little depressing to know the measly sum. But as I go back to my JVC ways, I realize that in spite of the relative discomforts that we have, I am learning and growing a lot as a person. My JVC experience is allowing me to relate with the poor and vulnerable. It provides me the opportunity to live in solidarity and know that I ought to live not solely for myself nor family alone but also for those around me. This is something no one can ever quantify. I miss Dallas because I think I just fell in love with that city. It was a good break and was exactly what I needed. But for now, I am glad to be back to my JVC house and my JVC life, where things may be hard and different, but definitely rich in meaning and purpose.