Oh middle school – we all remember it right, a time where girls became women, boys became men, we all matured and were loving and respectful to each other – right?! Uhh…hello, HELLO is this thing on??
What you mean that’s not how it was! Girls were soemtimes cruel and mean, boys were to cool for school and treated girls like things and not people…we all thought we were soooo grown up and mature, but really we were all insecure brats waiting for the next person to torture so we would feel good about ourselves! Right, that was my middle school experience.
It may sound bad, and parts of it were (I remember a girl bringing a lighter and hairspray to school to burn another girls hair off and don’t forget that time where I fell asleep first at a birthday party and woke up with lipstick all over my body – the words written on me are not appropriate on this blog), but I was also extremely lucky to have a group of kids who really were fiercely loyal, fun and unique. I had my first kiss under the stairs of my school, we went ice skating or swimming at the rec centre every Friday and when my parents separated – those same friends surrounded me with love and kindness. I still keep in touch with a few of those friends even though after 8th grade we all went off on our separate paths. Thank you to Facebook for allowing me to reconnect with those friends.
One of those friends Shaun (or Andre) as he goes by now, has moved all the way to Kansas!!! But he is back in TO and I am catching up with him tonight to hear all about his work, his church, his children…I cannot wait. It has been 17 years since I have seen him (except through Facebook pictures) and I cannot wait to see him again! Shaun was one of my favourite friends in middle school. When those girls wrote all over me in lipstick, he was the first one to call me to see if I was okay. He was a gentle soul and the fact that he is so passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ does not surprise me at all, because he always had something special about him.
So tonight I will get Makimono and dinner with an old friend (wait – not old, we are the same age, so we are both young!)
It will be a great night…I hope we can catch each other up on all the amazing things that have happened to us in the past 17 years…and all of our current situations as well – I can’t wait to tell him about a special someone I have been spending a lot of time with! But more on that soon I hope!