3 February 2013
Significant components of life can happen at any time, anywhere. Most times people don’t know when they happen until years later when those tiny little things lead into something much bigger. Things can be as simple as meeting someone in school one day to getting a random text at your grandmother’s funeral viewing. Though they can be odd and something one would never expect in a million years, they can also be subtle enough to lead someone into thinking one thing before meaning something completely different. A good thing that changed my life greatly starts with a strange text message from someone in school, continues with a summer connection, and begins something new with a tender kiss.
Things begin for some of us in an odd manner. For me, the most important thing to me started with a text message on the day of my great grandmother’s viewing. It was approximately a year from February 8th when I got a text message from an unfamiliar number. In order to understand this completely, let me rewind to a few days prior to February 8th, 2012. Just like in any high school movie or television show, friends hovered around my locker as they awaited the bell for the next hour anxiously. A certain friend, Alec, had the locker two down from mine and we were talking about how his grandma had just died. Going back to the 8th, when I’d arrived at the funeral home, I had noticed that the person on the marquee board for “Local Goodbyes” shared Alec’s last name. I had texted him, asking if that was his grandmother, but apparently he hadn’t known my number and as a result, sent my own number out to two of his friends requesting they text me. Both of them had texted me, one of them being who this essay is about and the other currently holding a position as one of my best friends in the entire world. I found out the number that had texted me was none other than a kid I actually had attempted to annoy several times in...
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