For my twenty-sixth Memory Monday, I am going to write about something that was really sad when it happened. I am going to write about something I am also immensely proud of. I am going to write about the last solo I ever sung at Kellenberg.
It was around this time last year, when my time at Kellenberg was winding down. I was starting to say all of my goodbyes, and some of the hardest things to say goodbye to was chorus. If you have been a long reader of this blog, you will know how much I love chorus, and how it played such a huge part in my life.
In our final Spring concert, there was a great song that we were singing. It was a melody of songs by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In the middle, there was a singing solo for the beginning of the song "Let's Hang On". I tried out for that and I got it, but I wasn't done yet. There was a song for Firebird Swing that I wanted as well. It was a scat solo, in the middle of The Flintstone's Theme Song. I got that one as well.
When I was signing these two solos, I couldn't believe that my singing career at Kellenberg was over. Let's Hang On was my last chorus solo, while The Flintstones was my last ever solo in Kellenberg. It was a very emotional few moments for me, as I stepped away from the mic after my scat was finished. I couldn't believe that this magical joyride of a singing career was over.
To come from not being in the chorus, to being told by other's that I would never get a solo, to getting The Boy From New York City, to then being one of the leaders, not just of the basses in the chorus, but in the entire chorus my junior and senior year. All of these thoughts, and many more were floating around in my head during that last ever song.
I am so excited to be going back to Kellenberg this Friday, for the Spring Concert, for the first time since I graduated last year. I am also really excited to be going to the Firebird Swing concert next Friday, and having the privilege of going back up onto the risers, to sing our old theme song, Route 66.
I will link both songs down below, both Let's Hang On, and The Flintstones, so that you can hear what I had to do. Plus, it gives me a good excuse for putting in two great songs onto this blog.
Have you ever heard these songs before? Were you ever in your high school's chorus? Would you have wanted to have solo's in your chorus?
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot
"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." - Napoleon Bonaparte
"The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much." - Amelia Barr
"Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children." - Sam Levenson
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "There is nothing impossible to him who will try." - Alexander the Great
"Leap, and the net will appear." - John Burroughs
"I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." - Vincent Van Gogh
It Is Now, Officially, My Birthday Week!
With that being said, all the posts this week, leading up to my nineteenth birthday on May 1st, 2016, will be all flavored around my birthday celebration!
For my twenty-fourth Memory Monday, I am going to write about the best non-Disney birthday moment for me. I am going to write about something very special to me. I am going to write about when we took a Boat Trip, at night, around the city, for my 14th Birthday.
Please, let me set the scene for the atmosphere surrounding my fourteenth birthday. It was 2011, and I was just a month and a half away from graduating the eighth grade from Sacred Heart School, and was four months away from starting high school at Kellenberg. I was scared of losing some of my friends, and was a little worried about starting high school. I was class president back at SHS, and we were having a big concert that week, so I was a little stressed out too.
My birthday that year was on a Sunday, like it is this year also. My mother and father thought it would be nice if we took a trip into the city, got my favorite food, Shake Shack, (because remember, the Shake Shack out on the Island near the Roosevelt Field mall didn't open until 2013), and do some sightseeing, because I always loved the city.
We got in, went to the Shake Shack around the corner from Times Square, and ate it in the car. Then we went downtown to the South Street Seaport, and took a boat ride around the city, (See I have said it before, and I will say it again, every post can tie into everything else on the blog. Those other two Turnstile NYC Thursdays, XI and XV, were written from experience!) When it got dark and all the city lights came out, the entire boat was asked if they had any birthdays on that day. No one raised their hands, but my parents had asked if they could sing to me without my knowledge.
Then, after instruction from the tour guide on the boat, everyone on the top deck, in front of the city that I love, in front of the Statue of Liberty, sung Happy Birthday to me. It was one of the coolest moments of my life, bar none! This wasn't like people half-assed singing to you in a crowded Cheesecake Factory, this was the big time!
After we got off of the boat, we thanked the man, gave him a nice tip of ten bucks, and then we went down to Wall Street to see Federal Hall and Trinity Church and the Charging Bull Statue, (you know all good things, that I would never write about!) Then we went home, and went to sleep on a great birthday night.
I have always remembered that moment, and I will cherish it for the rest of my life. It just goes as another example of what my parents have done for me, to give me the best life possible!
I hope you all enjoyed reading this post, and are someday able to experience this for yourself!
Have you ever had a boat full of people sing Happy Birthday to you? Did you think that this was a nice Memory to have for one of my previous Birthdays? Would you want this to happen to you too?
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door." - Coco Chanel
"No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work." - Hosea Ballou
"Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself." - Soren Kierkegaard
For my twenty-third Memory Monday, I am going to write about a really great day on the trip. I am going to write about the coolest night of the trip. I am going to write about the final day of my senior trip to Disney world.
The other two parts:
Memory Monday XI: "Disney Day I: Arrival, Downtown Disney, and Typhoon Lagoon"
Memory Monday XII: "Disney Day II: My 18th Birthday, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom
We woke up bright and early on Saturday the 2nd of May, and we got ready to go to the Magic Kingdom. We got onto our group buses, and then drove a small way to the parking lot for the Magic Kingdom. We got onto the first ferry over the river to the place, and then we went through the park gates and we were then in.
I called my parents on FaceTime for them to see where I was, and for me to wish my sister, Kellie, good luck at the start of her tournament that weekend. After I hung up with them, I walked down Main Street with Kevin, Eric, and his girlfriend Laura, and then we got on the monorail, to go have some breakfast at Contemporary, the large building there.
After that, we went back into the Magic Kingdom, went shopping a bit near Splash Mountain, saw the hall of Presidents, and then we went across to go into Tomorrowland, and we went on the monorail that goes around that area. We got of of that and then we went on Space Mountain. In all of these rides over those two days, I always sat with Kevin, and Eric always sat with his girlfriend, which I wasn't mad with.
When we got out, we saw a group of our friends all gathered around near the starting point of the monorail that goes around Tomorrowland. When we went over to see what they were doing, we met a funny guy who used to go to Kellenberg, who moved down to Florida, whose name was Nick. After that, we went to the Monsters Inc. Laugh Factory, and saw that show. That was very cute, as I remembered my childhood, and had lots of feels there!
After we left there, me and Kevin sat outside the crap ass ride, It's A Small World, as Eric and Laura went on it, because it is a 'couples' thing, and we made fun of some of the classmates that walked by. After that Kevin wanted to go do his own things, and so did I, so I started walking around. I met up with some of my other friends, Brandon, Paul, Jimmy, James, and John.
We had some lunch together, and then we all went on Splash Mountain. I didn't set up my fast pass, so when we all went on, I just snuck onto the line with my friends, and got on the ride. I sat with my good friend Paul, and had so much fun, making fun of Bartolo Colon, and making fun of the ride as a whole.
After that, I left them, and walked towards the Philharmagic show, which I am very happy that I went and saw. What it basically showed, was Donald Duck, taking the Sorcerers Cap from Mickey Mouse, and accidentally using the magic associated with it, and going through the world of Disney movies. It showed movies like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast.
It was in 3D, in that it covered the front of you, the sides of you, and a bit of the ceiling. What was so cool was the 'magic box' on the back of every seat, so it was in front of you. What it did was like when Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast shows you an apple pie, you smelled the apple pie, and when you were singing "A Whole New World" with Aladdin and Jasmine on the magic carpet, you had wind blowing in your face.
After that, we left the Magic Kingdom, went back to the hotel, and did two things. We started to pack for tomorrows departure, and got dressed up nice and ready for mass, dinner, pictures, and Hollywood Studios that night.
We got on the buses and went outside of a pretty nice hotel, across the street from Hollywood Studios. There was a large plaza that was never used, and we had our mass and dinner set up there. We said our mass, and we sang 'I Can Only Imagine' there, which I highlighted in Seasonal Saturday IX. We had dinner, and then afterwards took some photos with each other. I took a photo with my homeroom, and then took a photo with my high school crush, Gabby.
After that we all went to Hollywood Studios, and the first thing we did was watch the show Fantasmic. It was really cool, as you had the villains of Disney, fighting against the heroes and princess of Disney. It was really cool, and also before the show began, we did the Islanders "Yes, Yes, Yes" chant, which got me a little choked up, because the last time I did that, was in the playoffs at Game 6 at the Coliseum.
After that, me, Kevin, Eric, and Laura all went on the Aerosmith ride, the Rock N' Roller Coaster. I was told it was not that bad by Kevin. They lied... big time. The ride gives you a countdown, and right before the countdown ends, you blast off at sixty miles an hour, into a loop. It is all dark and black lighted. It was the second most fun ride I went on, in that trip, as the first was Expedition Everest. I went on that ride, about five times more in a row there. Then I met up with Gabby again, and she was nervous about going on the ride. I then rode it with her, (you're damn right I did, and wait... the stupidity is only going to get worse!)
After that, I wasn't feeling that awesome in the stomach, but she was so pumped up, that she then wanted to go on the Hollywood Tower of Terror. I already told my other friends five times, that I was not going on that ride. Well, what am I going to say to this extremely beautiful girl, that I really liked, who asked me to go on this ride. You're right, I said sure, why not. I went on the ride not once, but twice. (I know, I know what you are thinking, but are you telling me that you would not do the same thing!)
After that adventure, we walked down the fake 50's modeled street, and just talked as friends. We talked about the end of high school, the beginning of college, what we wanted to do, and the way we both were treated in high school. We then went on the Toy Story Mania ride, and after that walked back, and sat down back near the Rock n' Roller Coaster. One of my friends had a radio app on his phone, so we were hearing the middle and end of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Shortly after 12:45 at night, we got back on the buses, exhausted, and went back to the hotel. We went to sleep almost immediately, and then left a few hours later.
This was such a great trip, and I hope that the seniors of Kellenberg that are going down next week, have as much fun as I did on those three days. I will put some more photos down below! I hope that you enjoyed reading all about this great trip!
Did you enjoy readying about this trip? Which day was your favorite? Would you have wanted to go on this trip with us?
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." - Richard Bach
"The truth is more important than the facts." - Frank Lloyd Wright
"Love alone could awaken love." - Pearl S. Buck
For my twenty-second Memory Monday, I am going to continue on with the post from last week. I am going to write about the second greatest day of the entire trip. I am going to write about Part II of my senior trip down to Disney World.
Memory Monday XXI: "Disney Day I: Arrival, Downtown Disney, and Typhoon Lagoon"
So we woke up bright and early, on May 1st, 2015... my 18th Birthday. I wore the button that Kevin and Eric got me the day before, but now I felt like I was not riding people off! We got to the buses, and as I was walking there, a lot of people came up to me to wish me happy birthday. We headed towards Epcot that day, and had a buffet breakfast in a catering hall. After that we went to Soarin, which was a virtual paragliding tour around the country. It was really surreal guys!
After that we then were at the front gates of Epcot, and we then opened the gates, and ran to the other end of the park. Me, Eric, and Kevin, we going to go on Test Track, which is when you build a car, get in it, and it races and performs how you designed it. We created the fastest car, and when the doors opened up at the end of the outside track, we were going 62 mph around a curve. It was insane!
After that we went to Mission Space, where with that crew again, and also now along with Kevin's girlfriend Laura, we took off for Mars. I thought it was going to be really bad, because there are two tracks, green and orange, going up in difficulty, and we did orange, and after a reassurance from Kevin, we went on it, and I had a serious amount of fun.
I then walked around and went to go and find my picture of my two year old self. I wanted to take a photo of me with my younger picture on my 18th birthday. I did, and then I went back inside to want to purchase another one to commemorate the visit on my 18th birthday. I went up to same man who minutes earlier had helped me find my picture, and he said that they didn't do that anymore, and that they stopped doing that in 2007. I was kinda sad, but thanked him, and moved on.
I then started walking around the countries of Epcot. I bought so much Beatles merchandise from England, and had some food in all of the countries, especially in Italy, Mexico, and China. I then got to the China area, when I saw something that I needed to buy. I bought one of those hats that they wear out in the fields when they are planting rice. I still wear it all the time, and I wear it to every single outside softball tournament for my sister's Team Long Island team.
After many hours at Epcot, and a few hundred dollars of crap bought, (which I still have it all!), we went back to the hotel to unwind for a few hours. We all hung out at the pool, and listened to music. That was some fun. We then got on the buses and we went to Animal Kingdom at night, and we had the whole place to ourselves. It was a pretty nice setup, as they had us next to the carnival-looking section of the place, at small round tables. On the DJ microphone, three of my teachers, Mr. Sorkin, Mr. Affala, and of course Mr. Marone told everyone that it was my birthday that day, and everyone sang happy birthday to me. That was very thoughtful.
I then went on Expedition Everest an unprecedented twelve times in a row, without stopping. I paid for it afterwards, but it was all worth it. First I went on it with Kevin and Eric three times, then I went on it with my friend Liam Turner another nine times in a row. At that point, the operations manager of the ride said that we didn't need to leave our seats, unless we felt sick. That was so much fun. I then hung around and talked to my friend Gabby a bit near the end. That was a lot of fun, (wink, wink, smile, smile)
We then left Animal Kingdom at around one in the morning, and got back to the hotel room. We then started having a lightsaber fight again, and started cracking jokes about Kevin, and Eric, and Joe, and me. We had a lot of fun that day, and then it was time to go to sleep for day three.
I hope you enjoyed reading about day two, and stay tuned for the conclusion of this three part series of my senior year Disney Trip, with Day Three including going to Magic Kingdom, our Mass, dinner, and picture taking afterwards, and then our adventures in Hollywood Studios!
Was this a nice way to spend my 18th Birthday? Would you have wanted to do the same thing(s) as I did? Which day was better so far, between the two?
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "If you have no confidence in yourself, you are twice defeated in the race of life." - Marcus Garvey
"Faith is love, taking the form of aspiration." - William Ellery Channing
"Don't talk about yourself; it will be done plenty when you leave!" - Wilson Mizner
(For this Memory Monday, and for the next two after this one, I am going to be writing about my three day trip down to Disney for my senior trip with my high school. I am doing this all, this way, because by the time the countdown is all over, it will time for the senior class at Kellenberg Memorial High School to be going back down there, and also it will be in time for my nineteenth birthday.)
For my twenty-first Memory Monday, I am going to write about the beginning of a truly magical trip. I am going to write about one of my favorite trips that I have ever taken. I am going to write about the first day of the trip, and highlight the three main points, my arrival in Florida, my going to Downtown Disney, and Typhoon Lagoon at night.
I woke up for the plane at two in the morning on April 30th, 2015. I go showered, got dressed, took by backpack and suitcase, and then got in the car. I was driven by my father to the parking lot of Kellenberg, to get on a school bus with my friends to go to the airport. I was sitting with my roommates, my good friends Kevin Finnegan, Eric Burel, and Joe Casals, (They have been in all three of the Get to Know Me Betters, Part I, II, and III.)
We then left the school, designated as Plane A-1, the first plane out, (yes, like the steak sauce), at 2:30 and we went to John F. Kennedy International Airport over in Queens. We got their around 3:15. We went through security and then waited for about an hour and a half at the terminal for takeoff. We then boarded the plane at around five, and then took off at around 5:30. My friends all bugged me on the flight down, because the girl that I liked, was sitting a few rows behind me, and they were all telling me to look at her, and to go sit with her, and all types of things. After about a two hour flight, we came down in Orlando, Florida at around 7:30 in the morning, we all got our luggage, and drove on a coach bus with our chaperones, for a short drive to our hotel in Disney. We stayed at the All-Star movie resort, in the Toy Story part of the place.
We then got the option to do one of two things, to either stay in the complex and go in the pool and the arcade, or get on a trolley, and after a very short ride, go to Downtown Disney. Me and my friends chose to do the latter, and go to Downtown Disney. My friend Kevin got me a pin to wear around, to show that it was my birthday, as my eighteenth birthday was the next day. We ate some great food down there, I can easily say that, and I was able to buy my sister a nice Frozen phonecase. I also freaked out a bit in the Lego Store, not going to lie here, but also, so did Kevin and Eric too!
Also, I was challenged in a bowling match, by Kevin, Eric, and a few more of my friends. Lets just say you should never challenge the Captain, and MVP, of the Varsity Boys Team, if you don't have the skills to back up all the hype, and the talk. I beat them badly, and made them have to pay for my drinks and small appetizers for everyone at the Bowling Alley. They also had to pay for my shoe rental, and also for my total cost of renting the two lanes. That felt really good you know!
After spending a great deal of the day in Downtown Disney, and after all the planes were landed and down in Florida. We all came back to the hotel, for our briefing that night, and what to do in Typhoon Lagoon. It is a huge water park down there, and it was a lot of fun. They had a really strong wavepool, that me and my friends went all the way to the deepest part, and rode out some really strong waves! It was that night also, that I learned about my really good friend Joe Natale, and his family moving down south to Georgia. We talked on the side of the Lagoon for hours with our feet barely in the water, listening to the relaxing country music they were playing. It was a lot of fun that night.
Now in what I thought would be one of the last conversations I would ever have with Joe face to face, you would think we would talk about serious issues in our lives. College, moving, politics.. no not at all! Instead, we talked about Xbox 360, Xbox One, the state of the two newest Call of Duty's, Call of Duty: Ghosts (which blew ass), and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, (which was better, but not as good as Treyarchs games at all!), and then most of all, and most importantly, all the minute details about the Zombies mode in Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and at that time, speculation on it in the newest game, coming out in that November Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
It was a really fun first day down in Disney, with a lot more things that I can't list here, because then the post would be so very long. I kept in the best parts, and I hope that this was an enjoyable first part of this three part segment! Next Monday, the next part comes out, which is Day Two, which includes my Birthday, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom at night!
I will be uploading some photos from that day down below. I hope you enjoy them!
Have you ever been to Disney? If you have, out of the two places I went that day, which was your favorite? Would you want to go to the two places I described in this part of the long Disney memory?
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "Everything that is made is beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of the one who sees." - Rumi
"Ambition is but avarice on stills, and masked." - Walter Savage Landor
"It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death." - Thomas Mann
The first time I ever sang in the church choir, too hundred people changed their religion!" - Fred Allen
For my twentieth Memory Monday, I am going to write about something that happened on this date, six years ago. I am going to write about one of the best moments of my life. I am going to write about my first acting gig, in my seventh grade play, Don't Say No To The U.S.O.!
I remember back in seventh grade, in Sacred Heart School, when we were told in mid-November, that we weren't going to have Spring Flings anymore, and we were instead going to resurrect our drama program, which had been dormant for well over a decade, no-one was really happy. We all loved doing the old songs and having a blast. We were uncertain of what was going to happen that year. I remember we were all told we had to participate, whether acting, or as a stagehand. Since I loved to perform, I tried out, and convinced my friends Will and George to do so as well.
We tried out, and got out parts. I was O.S.S. Operator Elliot Abner Martin, and George was my partner, Horace Mendez Lopez. Will got to be Mr. Wilcox, the leader of the U.S.O. Club in Brooklyn, where the play takes place. The premise of the play is that there are spies from Germany during World War II, infiltrating U.S.O. clubs and stealing the codes for where American ships are going to be, to attack them. Our two characters enlist the help of the leader of the club, Ms. Ruth Taylor, to help protect the American cryptographer, Kilroy. In the end, it turns out that the assistant to Ms. Taylor, Angie was the spy, and the tap-dancer in the club was sending out the morse coded messages over the air.
We had a lot of fun doing the play. We had fake handguns, wore trench coats, and had fake federal badges and business cards. I used a lot of my grandfathers wardrobe for my outfit. I had my own suit, but the American flag pin I wore on my trench coat, the coat itself, and the hat I wore were all his from the time period of the war. I kept the flag pin in my room, and wore it everyday on my uniform sweater when I was class president, and it was on my gowns when I graduated from Sacred Heart School, and Kellenberg Memorial High School.
This play means a lot to me, because as I have illustrated before, if I don't do this play, especially with George, then I don't do Beauty and the Beast with him also, and then I don't join the chorus, and get very popular throughout high school. This was so important, and also, the dance moves I had for this play were pretty good, not going to lie here!
Anyways, I hope that you enjoyed this blog post, and now for the next three Memory Mondays, I am going to highlight each day of my senior trip to Disney, as I will be counting down the days until this years senior class goes in late April, early May!
Were you in any plays when you were in Middle School? If so, which / what one(s)? Were they happy times for you, or not?
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "Loose lips sink ships" - Elliot Abner Martin
"This is one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." - Astronaut Neil Armstrong
"All change is not growth, as all movement is not always forward." - Ellen Glasgow
For my nineteenth Memory Monday, I am going to theme this week around Holy Week, which is the biggest week in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a very big deal, and for this I am going to share a great memory of when I played Simon of Cyrene, in my churches Stations of the Cross.
After we held the second showing of the play that I am going to write about next week, back in seventh grade, I was very sick the entire day, and right before we left for the church, I threw up everywhere, and because of that, I was not able to attend the meeting that would show me what to do with the Stations of the Cross. All of my friends from my grade in school were doing it too, because we were in the seventh grade, and we needed to participate in order to make our Confirmation that up and coming May 20th.
Since I couldn't go to the assignment meeting, I didn't know my lines, if I had any, and more importantly, what part I was going to be. That happened on Sunday night, and I was rarely absent from school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I was able to get back to school on Thursday, but there was one problem... It was Holy Thursday and there was no school! The Stations were the next day, on Good Friday, so I still didn't know what part I was in the Stations!
So I got to the church, and I saw my old history teacher, Mrs. Platt. Yes, she is the same one, if you have been following for a while, that back in Memory Monday XIV, gave me my award for being first in the nation. Anyways, I walked in, got dressed in the costume, and asked what I had to do. Honestly, all that worrying went away, because this is literally what I had to do guys...
All I had to do was stand in the back for the first four Stations, appear in the fifth Station, and stand in the back of the Cross, helping carry it and help drop it, for the next four stations, until the tenth station where I go and sit in the pew in front of the Cross, and that was it! No lines, no hassle, no nothing! It was a lot of fun to do it with all of my friends, and then we went out afterwards to the pizza place next door to the church, and we had a great time!
I loved doing this, and I am very honored that I was selected for that role. That role is very famous, because Simon helped Jesus in his time of need, and that is kind of a big deal!
Again, it was a lot of fun, and I hoped that you enjoyed reading this Memory!
Did you like this memory? Did you ever participate in the Stations of the Cross in your own Church? What is your favorite Station of the Cross? (Mine is the Fifth!)
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers." - Voltaire
"Love is the beauty of the soul." - St. Augustine
"This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes your way." - Hannah Arendt
For my eighteenth Memory Monday, I am going to write about one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my life. I am going to write about one of my really good friends. I am going to write about the great friendship that I built with a kid named Danny.
I first met Danny at my sisters 12U Softball Nationals Tournament, down in Virginia. He is an orphan from Latvia, and one of the girls on my sisters team's family, adopted him for a few weeks in the summer. He did not speak a lot of English, but he knew basic words. I remember seeing him, and him being so quiet.
He was introduced to me and my other friend John, by his new father-like companion, who was the real father of the girl on my sisters team. John and I got to know Danny really fast, and we quickly became good friends. He didn't know a lot of words, but the words he knew, meant so much. He knew both of our names, and he also knew Softball, iPad, Firetruck, Lights, the colors, the numbers, and Love.
I remember that we created a handshake, and I'll never forget it. We would interlock our left hands, and then bring our heads together to touch. Even with a few words, the communication between us two was immense. We also used to hang out during the games, and then after the games, in 100+ degree heat, we then went into the pool together. We used to play games like Monkey in the Middle, and Dive In. We created stuff on the fly, and we got to know what life was like in an orphanage in a not-so-great European country. We also got to learn a little Russian, which is always handy you know.
He then gave me something, that I love so much, and I still have to this day. On the second to last day, I was siting there watching the game, and the heat was so bad. Danny had on a white sweatband around his right arm, and he had another one. Without asking, he ripped open the package, and slipped the other one on my right arm. I continued to wear it that whole day, and then the last day that I saw him.
That last day was seriously rough on me. I got to know this kid, who has had a terrible go at it, and we were able to share some funny times and memories with him, and now he is going to go back to his home country, and I will never see this seven year old again. I started to get real emotional after the last game. We took some pictures, and then after that he started to walk away. I yelled out Danny, and he ran back to me. I got down on one knee to get down to his height, and we hugged for several minutes. We then did our handshake one last time, and then he got into the car, and drove off. I would never see this sweet little boy ever again.
Well now I have gotten some excellent news! The family is getting him again this summer, and I will see him again in three months! I am so excited, I can't even believe it. That is why this was the subject of this Memory Monday. I was sitting on this idea for a while, but I never wrote about it, always saving it for the perfect time, and now I am so happy that I am able to write that I will be seeing Danny again!
I will be wearing my wristband again, you can bet that, and now I will have to get him something that he can wear around when he goes back home. Maybe an Islanders hat perhaps? I have thought about it. They have also expressed interest in adopting him and his younger sister for good. If they did that, that would be insanely cool!
I hope that this was a good Memory to read, and that you all can relate to something like this.
Did you enjoy this story? Have you ever had something like this happen in your life? Would you miss him like I did? Would you be happy that you are seeing him again?
Danny is right next to me, wearing the Nike shirt. I have the wristband on, it's just behind him.
Peace and Love,
Quotes of the Day: "The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions." - Leonardo da Vinci
"You have succeeded in life, when all you really want, is only what you really need." - Vernon Howard
"Love has no errors, for all errors are the want for love." - William Law
About The Author
Hi! I'm Dylan, I'm 19, and I live on Long Island. I hope I can spread some laughter, advice, and love to people through this blog!