Turning Point In Your Life

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I’ve heard it said that you can’t have a great story without a great beginning. Apparently, it’s impossible to have a decent story marked by ordinary things. Whoever said that has obviously never lived life, because all the best stories of my life have started with the terrifyingly mundane. This particular one begins with a skateboard. It’s funny isn’t it; how the turning points in our lives can be marked by something so mundane. Turning points should begin with rockets, or with fireworks, or with a fancy billboard signaling that this, right here, is about to open an entirely new chapter in your life. But what you get is a skateboard,and a couple of words, and before you know it your life has been changed forever. That’s the way Alex came …show more content…
That was the year we moved, the year I cut my hair for the first time, the year things started getting bad. For one reason or another, that was the year I spent more nights out of a house than in one. I mostly spent a lot of time feeding the ducks in the park, or hanging the library. That’s where I was when I first met Alex. The library. The library had just closed for the night, and I was sitting outside on the sidewalk. I was trying to decide whether or not it was worth the risk to return home for the night when something rammed into my thigh. I’d never truly understood the phrase ‘seeing stars’ before that moment as white-hot sparks shot before my eyes. “Omigod I’m so sorry!” Looking up, I was pretty sure I was hallucinating. Picture, if you would, an electric-blue tangle of hair, a miniskirt ripped halfway up the side over blue jeans, all on a tiny wisp of a thing leaning over you in mingled disbelief and amusement, asking you if you’re okay while all you can do is nod and wonder if you’ve finally gone insane. Luckily, she didn’t seem to be expecting me to say anything. “I thought I could make it or I never- of course, I would’ve, if you hadn’t moved your legs down. Are you sure you’re alright??”, chattering as she pulled me to my feet. At this point, most people would either apologize or start cursing out the idiot who somehow managed to run them over on a skateboard. I, being awkward, did neither of those things, but …show more content…
Even after the lessons ended, we kept meeting more and more often, eventually spending nearly all our time together. It turned out that her family attended the same church as mine, and were very nearly the same kind of crazy. We were both homeschooled, but while I was the oldest of many, she was an only child. Our parents were both religious, but hers were relatively laid back, while mine… not so much. It’s difficult to explain our exact dynamic, how close we actually were. When her father got falsely diagnosed with lung cancer, I was the person she told. She was the first person I came out to. I’d never been to public school, and I didn’t go to church if I could help it. I think she was the first friend I ever actually had, the first person who started to find out how bad things were starting to get at my house. I did make other friends starting that year, in many other interesting ways, but she was the first. A lot of people thought we were dating, but it was never like that between us; Even though we were the same age, Alex was the cool older sister I’d never known I wanted. She’s the one who helped my chop my hair from the already-shortened shoulder length to what I affectionately refer to as my ‘emo-boy’ cut. I had three amazing years with Alex- three years with one of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the privilege to

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