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Jane. Jane Smith was her name. She had brown hair, amber skin, and these radiant blue eyes that you can just get lost in when you look into them. And she had a sense of humor like no other. Most girls in my class were all stuck up and acted like they were too good to make a joke. But Jane, she didn't care. She was ready to play football, tag, soccer, you name it. While all the other girls play with the dolls and braid each other's hair. That's what I liked about Jane. She was just like me in a way.
Her and I became close over the 9 months I was at that school. I had no intention of leaving. Certain things came in the way of my plans. Let's just say as a kid, the adults always get the last say. I remember we were on the playground and I was going to go over to her and confess my love. I had a flower in my hand and a pack of candy from lunch. This is going to be the deal breaker. But little did I know, my competition was over there with her. Making her smile & laugh. All the things a young man does not want to see.
I remember the last time I fell in love with someone. I was a young elementary school kid. During these days, most people would just call it a little schoolhouse crush. Some people would say it was just a phase and that it wasn't really real. But I knew it was real. At the time at least. Every day I saw her, she made everything okay. She could light up the room just with her smile. And her personality was unmatched. But I wasn't the only one who wanted her. I had some competition trying to get her before me.
I got about 2 hours of sleep before I had to go to school the next day. I was almost late getting there too. It was because I tried to stay home a little longer to put the last finishing pieces on the poster board. But I couldn't miss the science fair, so my mom rushed me to school. I put my display up and at the end of the fair my teacher, who looked like he enjoyed all of our projects, gave me D+. And I didn’t place. I guess it was expected though I really need to change.
I told my mom last minute that I needed a poster board and all this stuff for my experiments. Of course she got mad at me for waiting, which was expected. But at the same time, her yelling wasn't going to get my stuff done. So we had to rush to the store to get all the stuff and I stayed up all night doing the project. It wasn't a very good project either. A lot of missing stuff, it was very sloppy, not well put together. But what did I expect? I stayed up till 4:00 in the morning doing it.
When it got to about the 3-day mark of the fair. I was a little startled, but I was still having that same mindset. Like “Man I got three days to do it, I don't gotta do it right now”. I was watching TV and my favorite show was on right now. I didn't know how to snap out of this funk because at the time I didn't even know this was a serious problem of mine. But the night before the science fair came quicker than I expected. Of course, it wasn't really a surprise to anyone else though.
I remember this one time we had a science fair at my school and all of us had to make our own experiments and poster boards. Now we had about 2 weeks till the actual science fair so I was like “Man I'm chilling. I don't have to do this right now.” Let me just go home, take a nap, get on the game, eat some food, and do it all again the next day. I'll find time to do it. That was always my problem. I was always saying “I'll do it tomorrow. I'll find time to do it.”
One of the toughest issues of my life is my procrastination. I'm always late for everything, never on time. And it not only affects just me but the people around me. Whether it was trying to get to school on time when I was a kid. Or going to work on time. Or even doing a school project before the due date. I don't know what's wrong with me. It's like I'm always just waiting for the last minute. I don't want to go as far as to say I need professional help. But I do need some guidance because this is ridiculous.
Of course when we get there, we hop out of the car and Granny gives us a big hug. All of us. We get our stuff out of the car and go put it in our rooms. When you first walk in the house, you just get a whiff of good Sunday dinner. Chicken mashed potatoes macaroni the whole nine yards. I can't wait to tear this food up after I'm done eating, go to sleep, and get ready to go fishing with my grandpa in the morning. I'm actually pretty excited. Tomorrow should be a nice day out. Hope we catch a lot of fish.
I'm not as close with my grandfather as I am with my grandmother. So I was a little bit reluctant when my mother said I have to spend some time with him this summer. I mean, it's not like I was opposed to it, it's just I don't like awkward situations. And he and I don't really have anything to talk about. I mean we are going fishing though and we both enjoy that. So maybe along the way we'll find something to talk about. Nothing to worry about though because my grandpa is a really cool guy. A stand-up man.
We drive down to the lake and get in our boat that my grandpa keeps down there. He has his own official spot; it's pretty cool. We row out to the middle of the lake. It's a pretty hot day out. Good thing we brought a lot of water. At first, it was slow. We didn't see a lot of fish but then we picked it up and caught a few. Me and my grandpa talked about how I was doing at school and sports. It wasn't as awkward as I thought it would be, it was actually a pretty good time.
We were going to take these home and have a fish fry. We had a good amount for the whole family. I'm glad I went out with my grandpa today. A lot of my expectations weren't what I thought they would be. I thought today was going to be awkward but instead it was a great bonding experience. I can't wait for the rest of the summer and Coven City. Hopefully I can teach my grandpa how to shoot hoops or play video games. That'll probably take a while, but it's worth the wait, I love my grandpa and grandma.