This part will be more in the form of a list, since my descriptions are obviously vauge going this far back.
To be honest…the earliest memory I have is getting my diaper changed. yea..this is suddenly awkward. Moving On!
-When I was 3 or 4 I would get dropped off two hours early at the Cherry Lane Preschool next to my house because my dad had to go to work. The teacher would turn on the big screen tv and we would pull up in giant bean bags and watch The Land Before Time. Those were the days….
-The night the Chicago Bulls won the 1998 NBA finals I watched the game with my dad. With my face crushed up against the tv, I watched Michael Jordan and friends celebrate.
-Circus at the Delta Plex, what I remember from it is giant balloons, riding animals, and old men with strange hats. I think they were veterans.
- My first neighborhood friend’s name was Jason. He was a preacher’s kid that lived next door. We became friends one day when we spotted each other outside, and started throwing rocks at each other. Yea, we had a strong friendship.
- Kindergarten: I talked a bit more than the average five year old. It was enough that I found myself in time out a lot. Talking while Ms. Schipper was teaching or during quitetime brought me close to my old friend, the time out chair. My dad was a custodian at mapplewood elementary, so he usually knew the second I got in trouble.Eventually it escalated to the point that I got sent to the principal’s office; I had to spend recess on the blue bench: the equivilant of a dunce cap. I cried the entire time. My sister walked past and tried to comfort me, didn’t help one bit. I didn’t get into much trouble that year after that.
- A kid I was decent friends with died about four months into the school year. I don’t remember his name, but we played with the wooden blocks all the time, and then one day he crossed the street in mexico or something and bam. car.
- I lost a lot of cool things in kindergarten due to my talking obsession. One of those things was a bugs life watch my friend zach had given me. I had it out during story time, and Ms. Schipper ripped it from my hands, tearing my soul apart. Never saw it again. Sad. Day. :/
-During these first few years of my life my parents were seperated. My brother, sister, and I had court mandated visitation. Home was a two room duplex on 18th street and then we would visit my mother on weekends ans some holidays up in Grand Rapids at my grand parents two story home. Throughout this period my dad continued to do everything he could to bring her home, but my grandparent’s were not always the nicest people…
-The Church my family and I attended was Faith Christian Center. It was here I met some of the most important people in my life today. Carter “dood” Lezman, Micah Conrad, Andre Laskowski, Jon Melton, Fabian, and Zach. I still keep in touch with them to this day, some more close than others but I still consider them as close as family.
This is a work in progress…so more to come from this chapter of my life.