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The day that ended my childhood…

This is my first “writing assignment” that was given by Mama Kat….So here goes =-)

“The day that ended my childhood!”

The year was 1987. I was in 7th grade. Nothing could ever happen to us…right?!?!? We lived in a world thinking that nothing could happen to us!

The day started as any other day would. I got up, ate breakfast and went on the bus to school. No one could have ever imagined what we would find out by the end of that day.

I don’t remember the time it happened… Our school went on lock down. There were rumors that a man had been spotted leering around our school. We didn’t really know what was happening and just carried about our day… The one thing that I knew is that my BESTEST friend in the whole world was not a school that day.

School got out and there were news cameras everywhere…and still we knew nothing!

Home with my parents, the news was on. My parents informed me that someone had been murdered and they were a student at our school. They were talking about how the murderer was seen at our school (or they thought it to be him, hiding). I do remember feeling a pain in my heart that was so deep…I just knew! My parents asked me if I knew of anyone that was not at school that day…. I told them it was Angeli…she wasn’t there!!

The feeling overwhelmed us all as if we just knew that it was Angeli that was gone forever.

My parents and her parents were good friends. We always did things together. BBQ’s, sleepovers, parties and more…Angeli and I were always together!!!

The next day at school, they did announce who was murdered and there were counseling available to all of us. I remember sitting in the gym with my classmates discussing what had happened. I was there in body, while my mind was far, far away.

More and more things were getting out about what happened. I was in disbelief that I would never see my best friend again. I had never had ANYONE that I remembered die and I didn’t know how to deal with it.

Her funeral came and that was the first time that I saw her family. I was incapable to go to the house where the horror occurred. The funeral was beautiful, sad and depressing all in one. My mother was with me and I remember her telling me that it was okay to cry…

After the funeral, we went to her house. It was the last time that I would ever be in her house. It was so strange to be there and she was not. I was uncomfortable. I didn’t know how to deal with all the sadness, anger, pain and sorrow that my 12 year old mind had been dealt.

To this day I have never ever fully been told what exactly happened to her. And I am not sure that I really want to. I know that a man broke into her house and her body was found in the woods behind her house. She had been raped and then brutally murdered.

The day that my best friend was taken from me so viciously was the day that my childhood ended. The days of feeling safe and fancy free were ripped out of me.

My baby is 16 today!!!!!

I can’t believe that my son was born 16 years and 4 hours ago!!!!!!! Wow…. The time sure does go by fast!!! Savor the time while you have it!!!

Strolling down memory lane:

Oh the pregnancy, what a pain. I had a really hard pregnancy and it didn’t stop at that!!!! I had a hard delivery with a lot of tearing… As he got older, I told him that he was a pain in the butt from day 1…LOL!!! I thought I was going to be in for a real roller coaster ride with the way things we going up to the birth… He was THE BEST baby I have come across, so far! He slept well, ate well, NEVER threw up (that’s a big deal to me…I have seen some babies that regurgitate EVERYTHING they eat and I feared for this!!!) I could take him anywhere…He was just such a pleasant baby. I didn’t know what I did to deserve this…LOL!!!

Now, we sure did have some fun times as he got older….Whew! I remember when he was 2 and he decided that he liked to play with his poo. You got it, he played in his diaper if you did not catch the dirty diaper within a minute of it happening! And yes, he would cover himself in it…. I honestly can’t wait to tell his future wife the stories of these good ‘ole days!!!!

His elementary years…That was sure a fun ride! He was soooo intelligent, yet a clown. He didn’t like to listen…AT ALL!!!! He used to come home and tell us that he already knew what she was talking about so he decided that he wasn’t gonna pay attention! We tried everything…He was always getting into trouble at school….UGH!!!! We fought with the school trying to get him into gifted and they would tell us that if he wouldn’t listen in regular class that they would never consider him for the gifted program?!?!?!? It didn’t matter that he wasn’t listening because he knew what they were talking about and it just wasn’t interesting anymore…. Talk about a vicious cycle!!!!

Now in middle school….A teacher finally saw through all him troubles and recommended him for gifted. He did all the testing that was required…What a lot of testing!!!!!!! He scored in the top 2% of the UNITED STATES with his I.Q.! Wow….We sure did have an intelligent child…but he was not very smart at all. His dad and I came to the conclusion that he lacked ANY common sense!!!! LOL!!! But, I am serious!!! He started acting up…and was getting in a lot of fights and just some stupid child-like stuff…It was frustrating to say the very least!!!! I didn’t think we would make it through the beginning of his teenage years!!!!

Now in high school….He finally got most of his act together 😉 His is on the wrestling team, weight lifting team and does most of his school work…LOL!!! He is in advanced/gifted and some AP classes! He still struggles with the common sense issue….LOL!!! After working with so many different people at the hospitals, that when you have book smarts, you don’t always have a lot of common sense…LOL!!! Some of the better nurses struggles through the book work but have got common sense, do far more better in the work!!!!

My baby is amazing. He is a good boy…though he does get wrapped up in his little girlfriends…hehe! He listens to his parents for the most part and is very respectable! I love my little man and he makes me proud EVERYDAY!!!!!

Happy Birthday Ian Mackenzie….You are so special to me and nothing will ever change that!!!!!!