My Story: 8th Grade



In English this year, I was determined to have one friend to talk to. I picked English because, well, I did the work in record time and knew I would have some time for talking and note passing. So when we sat down, I turned to the girl behind me and asked a simple question: Do you want to be my friend?

I think I surprised her. I surprised me with my boldness in asking. It was VERY uncharacteristic of me to do that. But I did it. And honestly, I believe this was a turning point in my life. It was because of this friendship that the rest of my life changed. Mel and I became fast friends quickly. So quickly, I have no recollection of the awkward becoming best of friends phase. We just were.

It was because of Mel that I started liking going to church again. In my church, we are split geographically and stay within those boundaries. But I hated my ward and the girls in it. I felt like an outcast. So when I went to church one Sunday with Mel, I felt at home. She introduced me to all her friends, who in turn became my friends.

age 13 1993

We hung out with Kris mostly, and the 3 of us were best of friends. School was more manageable. Church (at their ward which my parents allowed me to attend every week) was good. I rode my bike everywhere. I was starting to get the hang of Utah.

And according to my journal, this is where I became COMPLETELY horse crazy.


PS- Cool picture of my brother and I at Christmas:
Christmas 1993

6 Comments (+add yours!)

  1. denise
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 22:40:14

    thanks for visiting my blog last week! i’m literally so behind i JUST saw your comment and published it as i was rushing to write 8th grade (just got in a few ideas under the wire and i’ll end up editing this post right before writing the next one)…i love your description of your friend mel…i had a best friend like that, too but it is neat how you were bold enough to acquire her and i like how you described it as a turning point…look forward to reading more…hopefully i’ll make it back to your 7th grade post next week when my mom is helping babysit…

    sincerely, denise from group 3


    • Safire
      Dec 23, 2010 @ 10:33:21

      Denise, thanks for stopping by! I’ve been enjoying reading your story as well. Looking forward to the next installment!


  2. Karen
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 14:13:56

    What a beautiful post… and what a beautiful start to your friendship! Cool story. I’m glad that you were able to find a church where you were comfortable. Now I’m waiting to hear about the horses!


    • Safire
      Dec 23, 2010 @ 10:32:23

      Oh there’s lots of horses in the future. LOTS. :)


  3. Dad
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 12:27:50

    I understand what a big step that was for you Sweets! You are a strong person. Really loved that you and your brother had such a great relationship (mostly).

    Oh, and I loved those boots!



    • Safire
      Dec 23, 2010 @ 10:32:01

      I loved those boots too!


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