I had a friend a long time ago. We did everything together. We were in the 7th grade. we looked alike too. People used to think we were sisters, if not twins. We used to get off the school bus and walk through the high school by her house, as it was getting out at that time. Kids that went to that school and the teachers thought we actually attended that school. It was so fun.
One day after walking through the school and to her house, a boy called her name. He lived kitty-corner from her house. I had to get home as I had a little sister and brother to get off the Head Start bus. My mom was at work during that time of day. After my mom gets home, I leave to go to the park to meet my friend.
That day, my mom got off work, took over the kids, as usual, and I left for the park. My friend was not there. I went to her house and she was still home. I suggested that we go to McDonald’s as we had not eaten after school yet. She was acting weird. Her eyes were low, she would not stop smiling, and she was talking to some imaginary friend, who was walking with us. I didn’t see nobody, so I suggested that we go back to her house.
We only got halfway down the block. I was worried about her. I took her back to the house and told her mom she was acting strange and went back home. Once at home, I called to check up on her and no answer. I called all day and nothing. The next day, she was not at school. she wasn’t at school for the rest of the week either.
My Geography teacher pulled me to the side and told me that her mom called and told the school that she had been admitted to the hospital. He said that her parents decided to take her to see a doctor the last day I saw her. He said that she had to be carried to the car as she forgot how to walk down a flight of stairs. She apparently had a brain aneurysm. Her mom also told the school and all the teachers not to tell me anything. I was so confused. Why? What did I do?
He mom suspected that we were doing drugs. I could handle the drugs and she couldn’t. No drugs were found in her system though. Her mom would not let me come to see her. When I had my mom call the hospitals, we were on the don not disclose information list. I was so hurt, sad, and mad.
The kids in school blamed me for her accident. I didn’t even know what happened to her. I could only go off of what my teacher would share with me. Girls would jump me every day. My mom started walking me to my bus stop and waiting for me in the afternoon to get off the bus.
I had no friends. No one to talk to. No one to hang out with. My best friend was gone. One day I went to the park and was confronted by 3 girls, started fighting with them and the next thing I knew, they started flying off me. It was my mom. she followed me and had my back.
This was a huge bonding time for me and my mom. She became my best friend.
I learned that being there for your child, especially when they least expect it, is priceless.