The Third Day...

...a day in middle school

I was in 8th grade. I went to [what was then called] Charles E. Nichols Middle School...affectionately just, "Nichols".

8th grade was aight. I didn't have one fight, but I did have a few mitches I couldn't stand. I had my "crew"...but, I remember by year's end...we were barely friends anymore. I don't remember much good about that year. I mean, I survived it.

...our friend Hilary Spruill, however...did not.

I remember being in the gym. Us girls were in the locker room and my play cousin came and told us (in tears) that our friend Hilary had been shot and died. Come to find out...she was with him. They'd been mugged for their coats and I can't quite remember if Hilary just gave his up or not, but he lost his life over a leather bomber.

We wept for days...

I remembered that...even though I wasn't super close with him, he was so cool. I remembered an instance where some guy was harassing me in the hallway and Hilary came up and said, "Yo, leave my cousin alone..." and stuck up for me. He asked if I was okay and I said yes and thanked him. He told me that if anyone bothered me for me to tell him. I never forgot that. He barely knew me other than knowing my face around the way...but, he cared.

He wouldn't be the last friend we lost to violence. We'd unfortunately lose several more friends through High School. A few by gun violence...a couple to or two to accidents. I remember far too many deaths for my teen years.

Anyway, yea...that's my middle school memory. I'll try to lighten up my HS memory.


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The God'ess said...

Aww...I'm sorry for your loss, Pud.

Thee_Kween said...

Thanks sis...I was sitting here boo-hooing as I was writing. ~sigh~

Diva Processor said...

We are giving the gift to we can learn..everything is a lesson..and you have learned yours...Never take anything for granted

No Labels said...

(((hugs))) Very sorry for the loss.

Lamont C said...

Kali, I tell folks quite often that for where we come from not ending up "dead or in jail" is more than a cliche, it was the reality of our environment...

Mahoganydymond said...

(((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))... I know that feeling of loosing friend's in middle and high school.. I went through that twice.. The saddest thing my best friend died back in 2006 and I still mourn that...

Thee_Kween said...

@Diva~ I try very hard not to...we all fall short though

@No Labels~ ((HUGS)) Thanks BB.

@Lamont~ wasn't a joke It's even LESS funny NOW. Our era was a cake walk compared to how home is now

@Mah~ Thanks Ladybug (((HUGS)))

Humble BE said... sorry to hear that.

Thee_Kween said...

thanks :)

Reggie said...

What a senseless loss of life.....

Thee_Kween said...

Yes it was Reggie...

Afrodeezha said...

Yeah that was similar to my story. 519

Thee_Kween said...

A lot of us lost friends this tragic.

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