Saturday, August 12, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
A couple days ago, my daughter Rachel sent me a crazy meme to fill out. One of the questions was "WHO FROM HIGH SCHOOL WOULD YOU LIKE TO RUN INTO?"
I answered Matt Green, of course.
Now she wants to know who Matt Green was/is.
Matt Green was a sweet young man that I dated when I was a Sophomore in high school. He was totally different than any guy I had ever dated before or since. He was a journalist on the high school paper. He was a brain and super, super sweet. And I was crazy about him.
He was tall and slender and I adored Matt. He looked kind of like Richie Cunningham.
We dated for just a couple months. I remember he had these nice light green Ford F150. We went all over the place in that pickup.
We were doing really well and I was extremely happy being Matt's girl.
Then one of his so-called "friends" stepped in. Twenty years later, I still refuse to say his name.
This "friend" decided I was not good enough for Matt. Looking back, I would say he was probably jealous, but at the time, I just thought he hated me.
To give you a little bit of background, I had only moved into town about 2 months before my Sophomore year in high school began. I had really blossomed that summer. I was 5'3" and 120 pounds. And to put it mildly...I looked like Dolly Parton's little sister.
So, one day I came to school and walked up to my locker in Sophomore hall. I could see something written on my locker, but I was not prepared for what I saw.
Written in black Sharpie all over my locker were crude drawings of me and my chest. In big words was written: "Don't take her to the dance, Matt. She's a slut!" And many more things -much worse.
Well, needless to say I was very upset. I didn't know who had done it, and couldn't even imagine who would do such a thing. The administration was contacted and the janitors cleaned up the locker for me. But the damage was done. Matt broke up with me. Said he couldn't handle the "stress". Plus, I was called a slut and whore from that point on...So I figured if I had the reputation, might as well enjoy it.
A couple of days later, I went to school early and discovered this "friend" writing on my locker. "Friend" was a star football player and baseball player. He stood at least six feet tall and was a good sized guy.
He was quite surprised when I grabbed him and repeatedly slammed him into the lockers. The biology teacher had to come out of his classroom and subdue me. I have never been so angry - before or since.
That day showed me what I am capable of when riled.
I understand Matt is an officer in the military these days. Last I heard he is married with children. I hope he is happy.
I would like to run into him again just because he meant so much to me. I guess he was the last vestige of innocence in my life.
As for "friend...I have no idea where he is or what he is doing, but as you can see, I still harbor some really bad feelings about the whole thing.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Anthony is off and running again today.
We drove him to Minneapolis very early this morning to catch a plane to Palm Springs, CA. This will be his first permanent duty station (PDS).
He will be working with a support squadron there; fueling airplanes. Currently his squadron is in Iraq, but they are due to rotate back to the states in September, so we are fairly confident he will not be going there yet. The do a rotation of 7 months home, 7 months gone. It is only a matter of time before he goes over.
Leaving this time was much harder than any of the other times. I guess because it will be a lot longer before I see him again. We are hoping he will be able to come home for his birthday the end of January.
If any of you are in the Twentynine Palms area, Anthony will have lots of free time. Rumors say that if they don't get off base for their liberty time, the Marines put them to work! He does have a cell phone and hopefully he will have internet access.
We already miss him, but I know this is the best thing for him.
As always, I am still a Very Proud Marine Mom!