The Night My Life Changed Forever
My life changed forever in the late evening hours of February 20th, 2011. It was Presidents’ Day weekend and my mother and I had traveled down to Washington, D.C. to do some college visits. It was a perfect opportunity to get away from the city of Philadelphia and get a little vacation, while still being rather productive. At this time, I was still of the mindset that I wanted nothing to do with Philadelphia after I graduated high school; all I really wanted to do was get away so I wouldn’t have to deal with my family and be too close to home. I was still rather naïve and really lacked true perspective about things such as tuition costs and the logistics of traveling to and from …show more content…
As we worked our way through our dishes, me with fish and chips and my mother with a much healthier looking chicken dish, our conversation switched to another topic, completely unrelated to college and my future as an academic. This conversation centered on one question: “Should we stay over tonight?” The time was approaching 9 p.m., and Philadelphia is not really close to Washington D.C. If we decided to drive home, we might be there by midnight, if nothing terribly catastrophic occurred on the way there. I was strongly against driving home, partially because I really like staying in hotels and partially because I didn’t want to be on the road so late at night. However, my mother is a school teacher and she needed to get back as soon as possible to mark papers for the students who would be eagerly awaiting word on how they were performing. High school students can be very in-your-face when it comes to those kinds of things, almost a little combative at times. I understood, and reluctantly relented on my stance to remain in Washington an extra night.
When we left the restaurant, we went past a relative’s house and then quickly made our