Arizona in December

The two hour time difference, the open roads, and the warmer weather -It was 70 degrees on Friday!- all seem somewhat foreign to me now.

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As my family gathered at the airport to welcome me home they were all decked out in long sleeve shirts, hoodies, and UGGs. I, on the other hand, could not wait to swap my sweater and jeans for a t-shirt and shorts. It was 55 degrees after all!

After collecting my bags I was ready to hustle through the airport and be on my way to my family’s house. My family, however, was moving at a somewhat glacial pace; Taking in everything around them and conversing casually amongst themselves. While I had little patience for it in that moment I assumed that I had acted very much the same way when I lived in Arizona. Everyone in Massachusetts always seems to be in a hurry and I have clearly adopted this habit.

However, I was not in my “rush” mode for too long. After some much needed R & R I headed back to my old stomping grounds in Central Phoenix. Despite the industrialization of the area I managed to find a nice spot of desert with a view of the mountains. (Although it is not pictured, directly in front of me is a view of the West Valley. I can see Cardinal Stadium from where I am standing. The stadium is over 30 miles away. Where do you get a view like that in MA?)

Behind me is Piestewa Peak (formerly called Squaw Peak). The name was changed in 2008 to honor (Arizonan) Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman in history to die in combat while serving with the U.S. military.

I am obviously not wearing a sweater and I certainly could have done with a short sleeve shirt. I am trying to soak it all in while I can because I know that once I return to MA I will be buried under layers of clothing for the next 4 months. Although, I can’t really complain too much because I love scarves and hats. :-)

 

About jgarciamspp

Hello! My name is Jessica Garcia. I am an Arizona native and have moved to the greater Boston area to attend graduate school at MSPP. I graduated, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University (the Barrett Honors College). I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I am currently a 1st year Clinical PsyD student, doing my practicum at FMC Devens. On a more personal note, I love music, theater, reading, learning new languages, and my little dog.
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