Last week's post was short and sweet - I didn't want to get to far ahead of myself and sharing more than that would have done so. My 12th grade year was an awesome year for me. I had decided in the spring of my junior year to apply to Franklin College so I could major in journalism. I had never set foot on the campus but knew it was the right spot for me. And then for my 18th birthday - my acceptance letter from Franklin! It was absolutely awesome. It wasn't until that spring that I finally set foot on campus but I knew deep down that I wouldn't want to be at any other school. Getting into Franklin (and the journalism school) was awesome!
That Christmas break I spent 10 days in Mexico - Mexico City and close areas on a Girl Scout trip. I've mentioned before that Girl Scouts was a big part of my life (and it still is - even today). Girl Scouts truly helped shape who I am and this trip did so more than any other trip I had been on. Not only did I get to meet so many new people, get a sunburn on New Years Day and experience the first snow in Mexico in like 15 years, I also met a little boy who changed the way I looked at everything.
Let me back up some... I had "senioritis" - bad. That's when you're a senior in high school and you want nothing more than to get O.U.T. I seriously considered dropping out of high school after first semester because I was so done with school. I had my acceptance to Franklin, I had all of the credits I needed (so I wouldn't have technically been quitting...just finishing early) and was ready to be done.
But part of our trip to Mexico was to go to a small village - think dirt floors and thatch roofs - and just spend some time playing with the kids. We taught them songs and played games. We took little trinkets and gifts and this one little boy. Ohmy... His eyes when I gave him a small box of crayons was just mind blowing. Here he was...had never seen a crayon before and I was ready to throw away half of my senior year of high school.
I graduated with the rest of my class that year. And I did my senior speech on "senioritis" and how that little boy totally changed it all for me (I got an A+ on that speech too!). I'm so thankful I was able to experience that trip and will never forget those big brown eyes...
This is my fourteenth post with Mommy's Piggy Tales recording my memories in just 15 weeks. If you're interested in doing the same for yourself, swing by her place to check it out! She will be starting a new session soon!
Click here to read my post from last week, where my eleventh grade changed my career path.