Mon. May 16th, 2022

Dear West Chester, 

The trees’ blush has nearly faded, and the bite of the seasonal chill has given the foliage permission to let their guard down and their leaves fall. Sidewalks are lined with the autumn’s last hurrah before the winter stakes its claim — confetti-like reds, oranges and yellows upon concrete that glisten if the light hits them just right.

Rubbing my palms together, I blow a long exhale to make up for the lack of gloves. Under my breath, I give thanks that I’m able to witness such a pretty sight. 

Thanksgiving break is nearly in our grasp. I am looking forward to slowing down for a bit, and to having the taste of hearty holiday dishes and sincere sentiments of gratitude on the tip of my tongue. It’s a time to be with loved ones, and it is a time to also keep Indigenous history in mind: express care and be aware. 

As an additional note, to those who plan to go out this Black Friday, please stay safe. Remain careful and conscious. If traditional Black Friday patterns are any indicator, the stores will be packed and people will be in close quarters — take the necessary measures to minimize risk and protect yourself. 

Happy Thanksgiving, West Chester. Eat lots! Make sure your stomachs and hearts are full. 


Julien Padillo, Editor-in-Chief

Julien Padillo is a fourth-year Media & Culture major with a minor in Digital Marketing.

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