Home for the holidays l Editor's Note

By Brandon Gustafson | Dec 20, 2017

I love this time of year.

I don’t mind the cold, I don’t mind if it snows and honestly I don’t mind having to scrape ice off of my windshield every morning.

I love the holiday season and everything that it brings.

I get to spend quality time with all my family members and I love getting to see the looks on their faces when I get them gifts that really wanted.

Obviously, I love gorging myself with holiday sweets and treats. It’s hard to resist when your sister is going to be a culinary student in college who specializes in cakes and pastries.

The last few years have also put into perspective how little you see some of your best friends when everyone is away at college.

This year especially, one of my best friends is going to schools out of state and I love getting to see him and spend time with him since he's home for a few weeks.

So I’d like to give a special shout out to one of my best friends that I don’t get to see as often anymore.

My shout out goes to my guy Teague Parker.

Teague is one of the funniest guys I know. Teague also thinks that I’m one of the funniest guys he knows.

So, if you’ve ever been in the same room or class as us, you either love us or hate us. That’s fine, though because at least we’re having a good time.

I met Teague through a friend of mine when we were both in third grade.
Teague went to a different school, but we ended up hanging out at a few parties that our friend’s parents were hosting.

I remember we both started to drift away from that other friend and then we realized we could hang out without him. So naturally, that’s when the shenanigans really began.

We hung out almost every weekend from when we were 10 until we graduated from Kamiak.

Most of our weekends were just us playing video games until super late at night and then sleeping in and starting the cycle over again, but it was awesome. There truly was never a dull moment when we were together.

Teague was also super supportive and would come to a lot of my baseball games. He played basketball and then got into improv and drama and I would attend all of his events that I could.

One of my favorite memories with Teague actually occurred over a winter break when we were sophomores at Kamiak.

We were at our friend’s house that lived down 92nd Street towards the bottom of the hill.

It snowed a lot that winter and needless to say, cars were not able to drive up the hill.

We were stuck in that house for a week, and Teague and I ate peanut butter and banana sandwiches basically every day for every meal.

I remember at one point we were so desperate to eat anything else that we all bundled up and walked up 92nd Street and down the Speedway to the Taco Bell.

I can honestly say that I’ve never been more thankful to eat Taco Bell in my life than I was at that moment.

Teague attended Western Washington University and graduated this year and is currently doing a graduate program at the University of Florida.

Thankfully, his parents flew him back home during Hurricane Irma so he didn’t have to deal with that.

We already have hung out once this break and can’t wait to do more cool stuff!

Also, this is the last issue before Christmas so merry Christmas to all of you fine Mukilteans! Thanks for a great few months and I hope you all get to spend quality time with your loved ones.

 

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