Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer
Thanksgiving is a time of the year where family and friends come together to give thanks. Eastern New Mexico Students might live and work in Portales, but some make the trek home to be with family.
Senior Cody Evans, 23, of Roswell is a graphic design major. Evans said the most important thing about Thanksgiving is seeing his family.
“Just getting back together with them because they are so spread out,” Evans said.
Evans has two brothers who live in Florida and Michigan, along with two nieces and a nephew. Evans said he has been trying to save money to go see them. For some families, distance keeps them from coming to visit often.
Another student at Eastern, 20-year-old sophomore Jessica Eden of Portales, has a busy weekend planned.
“I’m probably going to stay at home with my family,” the business administrator major said. “I have no travel plans this time. I’m going to be dog sitting for a friend who is going out of town and play tennis.”
All of her family except her grandparents live in Portales. Eden said she and her family went to visit her grandparents last year, but this year they decided to stay at home.
“My grandparents might come down, but I don’t think so,” Eden said. “Grandpa is not into driving much anymore. I know Grandma would take a Greyhound bus if she was given the chance.”
Marisol Garcia, 20, is a pre-med student from Artesia. Garcia said she likes to eat mashed potatoes and gravy during Thanksgiving.
“I’m planning on going home,” Garcia said. “I have made the trip to Artesia every year for three years.”