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I felt horrible all day today. I only felt better when I fell asleep, but that didn't benefit my productivity. I was suppose to go to campus for an exam review, but I couldn't muster up the energy to go. 

It was around 9pm when I left my bedroom and went to the living room to do some reading and homework. I was really into my reading when my iPad gets a Facetime call from my brother. I ignored it because: 1. I looked terrible right now to be on camera and 2. I really wanted to power through ONE MORE CHAPTER before I stopped. 

He called again. 

I ignored again. 

Then, I get a Facebook message. My brother was messaging me because my mom was worried sick about me and "had been trying to calling me for two days!" 

What? When! I never saw this. I had left my phone in the other room so I wouldn't be distracted. Turns out, I had two missed calls from my mom within the last hour. 

I called my mom and explained to her that I was reading for class and I was sorry I didn't have my phone near me to answer her. She was just glad to talk to me. 

After I got off the phone, my brother called me again on Facetime. 

I answered this time and talked some more with my mom and brothers. I told them how I was doing, homework and my life in Austin so far. They tried to convince me to go home soon, but I really don't know when I'll be able to. 

Despite me feeling so bad all day, the 30 minutes on Facetime were great. I saw my mom and brothers and laughed for a little while we caught up. I felt bad not being able to tell them exactly when I'll be visiting Laredo. I don't want to admit it, but this is what's going to become of my home visits after I graduate. I'm never going to know and I suppose they'll become less frequent. It's heartbreaking. I really do miss my family. 

Facetime is what we have now. This is how I get to see my mom. I hate to admit that how I keep in contact with my family solely depends on technology these days. It's all we've got so far, and if it works... well, I'm all for it. 

I may miss them so much, but for now... Facetime will be my family time. 

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Comment by Linda Maria Vasquez on March 26, 2013 at 9:10pm

Thanks, and yes I am definitely lucky to only be a couple hours away from home. I know that if were truly necessary or emergency, I could be home in a couple of hours. Nonetheless, I still value the time I spend online or on the phone with my mom. Sometimes it's easier because the phone call is dedicated to our time. There are times when I go home and everyone around me is so busy, I find myself alone at home. 

Comment by April C. Davila on March 25, 2013 at 12:50pm

I hope you feel better. Remember that they support you 100% of what you do. Think of it this way: If you go home, what would have change, probably nothing. They want you to succeed.

I too am homesick. I am in school in Pennsylvania and my family is in Texas. You can always drive home.

Anyway, I hope you feel better!

 

Comment by Karina Moreno on March 25, 2013 at 9:49am

Facetime and Skype are great to stay connected with your family. I get to stay in touch with my brothers and nephews this way. It may not be the same as being literally with them but I think it is a great way to stay close and see each other. 


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