I grew up in relatively small area; the city itself was large, but the neighborhood that helped form me was pretty small. I have lost contact with all the kids I grew up with. Sure, I’ve got a couple of them as “friends” on Facebook, but, we don’t talk other than to “like” each other’s status. A relationship it is not.
I’ve got a couple of people that I’d love to at least know what happened to them. Sure, I could go to a high school reunion, but honestly, I’d rather stab myself in the eye. The area I grew up in was not known for being the “nice” part of town. There was a definite trailer park gang, you were either in it or not (not in my case), lots of teen pregnancy, lots of drugs, lots of fights. It was a struggle to get away (not for me, I RAN), but I’m sure that some are still stuck there.
I wonder about the boy I got my first crush on. We were in kindergarten and I loved his puffy little cheeks. I wonder about the girl who had the bad eye, I’d hope that she eventually got whatever that problem was corrected. I wonder about the girl who lived directly behind me. Her name was Beth, her mom was a single parent, we’d pick apples in her backyard. I actually saw Beth once about 13 years ago, it was at a gas station, she was fucked up. I mean that literally, I don’t know what drugs she was on, but holy shit, talk about a hot mess.
I wonder about the girl I hated too. She was the trailer park bully. We were the same age, but she was so much bigger than I was. I was happy when she jumped off a swing & broke her arm. I wonder if she’s still a bitch. Maybe she’s in jail. That wouldn’t surprise me much.
What about you? Grow up with anyone you now wonder about?