By Jalene Davis
I tried to make some changes in my life. I thought I was helping my family out, turns out it was all a mistake. Mama always told me “Grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” I should have listened. It was the summer after my freshman year at Rosemary High School. That summer had mostly been spent with my dad, step mom, step brothers (Monte and Quez), and brother (Rashid); Long nights of games, jokes, and laughter. I was having the time of my life. I’d never been around them for long periods of time, usually spending most of my time with my mother and sister. My dad loved that I was around so much and that he could see his “jae boo” more than usual. In the past he often told me to consider living with him for a little while, but I never thought anything about it. I loved the area I was in, the school I attended, and the friends I made in my area. My dad lived on the other side of town, it was an inconvenience. Two o’clock in the morning, my brothers and I were comparing their school with mines. Arguing about which school was better. “Jae look at my school. It’s big huh?” Monte said as he showed me a picture of his school online. “Yeah, it’s nice,” I said. “Man that school is huge. I can’t wait to be going there next year,” Rashid inputted. “Jae you should go to Peachtree Ridge with us?” Going to Peachtree Ridge wasn’t even an option nor put into consideration. “Nah y’all I’m good where I’m at,” I replied. They started begging me like little dogs at their knees. Stating all the reasons why I should go to “The Ridge”: how there were cute boys, better education possibilities, more exciting things to do, and how the household would be so much settle and calm if I lived there. Then I started thinking. My mom was going through financial problems, maybe it would help if I moved out because she wouldn’t have to pay for things I wanted and needed. My mind was made. I was going to move in with my dad and attend Peachtree Ridge high...
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