I suppose it is time, as I am leaving for college, to reflect upon the people I have met throughout my high school career. Upon reflection, I don't know that so many people get so lucky. I attended a public high school in a very small community...pretty mundane circumstances. What occurred from this typical high school experience was an atypical, tight knit group of twenty or more people who honestly love each other. It was jokingly said once that none of us date anyone because we all date each other - we always see each other, we always hang out with each other, we are always laughing with one another. And at the risk of committing the act that is the downfall of Western Civilization - over generalization - I'm going to give you a run down of some of the kinds of people that comprise this group that I love.
Susannah - Gung-ho feminist/democrat. Pro-choice, anti-Bush, and has the bumper sticker "Uppity Women Unite" on the back of her car.
Peter - Gung-ho conservative. Stood outside the 30 ft. perimeter that's put around the voting booths with a Bush sign on election day. Attends rifle association rallies. Has to electrify his Bush sign that is put in his yard because it was stolen so many times. Mormon, who is going to school in Utah.
Brennan - The "Half-Assed Mormon", who does not believe in God. Plays video games...a lot. Likes Dungeons and Dragons, Medieval things, dragons and swords. Loves rock music and chinese food/culture.
Ben - Responds to the words "guitar" and "Metallica" moreso than his own name. Can play any Metallica song on his guitar. A theatre man - does one-act shows with his best friend, Bryant. Loves Pirates of the Caribbean, and worships Johnny Depp.
Josh - Knows more about computers and equipment than anyone alive. Visits different Churches on Sunday just to experience them - he says that Korean services are his favorite. Does marital arts, knows about swords and knives. Doing a double major in computer engineering and mechanics.
Jeff - Military man, enrolled in the ROTC. His father is over in Iraq, and his mother lives in Korea - he's half Korean. Reads Dune like the Bible and is a philosopher at heart...when he's not kicking our butts in DDR.
Dan - Navy man...been enrolled in the junior navy for many, many years. Goes away frequently on trips to train - Hawaii, Camp Perry, etc. Likes anime, and likes to read about all sorts of things. Also likes guns.
Kristen - The embodiment of Christianity on Earth. Always sweet, always loving, always caring about everyone. Not in any way promiscuous or heinous, nor does she watch or tolerate anything as such. She is pure, and loving...and has been dating Brennan for the past three years.
Amanda - Fun. That's the best way to describe her. She's a hooker on the Rugby team, and loves anything that lets her laugh - she has the best laugh that I have ever heard. Hates Bush - has a poster of Bush-isms on her wall and openly despises him whenever she can. Loves life, but hates Catholicism - goes every week to please her mum.
Jen - Logical, and fun. One of the most intelligent in our group, and the most mature. Dislikes Bush, church, and conservatives in general. But is kind to all people, and is the most refined person that you will ever meet...even though she's very clumsy.
Brittany - Hardworking and loving. Lives with four sisters 12 and younger...she is one of the more mature and logical people in our group. Does not believe in church...been with too many uptight Christians to have faith in the religion. She is one of the most fun and witty people that you will ever meet.
Melissa - Artistic. Beautiful. Everyone has been in love with Mel at one point. Can talk to anyone about anything...nobody feels left out when with her. Loves life, and loves to paint...takes the artistic view of everything, from life to her clothing.
Chris - Fun and witty. Openly gay, and works at Lannings (brings good cake to parties!) Is the best DDR player, and is the most open jokster that we have. Always makes sure to come to parties, and plays DnD with all the guys (Jeff, Brennan, etc)
Stephanie - Got a 1580 on her SAT, and has read most books written in English. Intelligent, loving, and quiet...falls for men who can use "soiree" in conversation. She is humble about her intellect, and is always willing to help. She is the most liberal person in our group, and always has a witty or sardonic comment to add.
Bryant - Theatre man. Does community plays and one-acts with his friend, Ben. Works at Buehlers with Sam and Jeff...hates it, and tries to do less work everytime he goes. Adventurous, outgoing, and athletic...going to a Catholic School.
I guess that this won't be important to anyone but...me...but I felt the need to write about it. There are others in our group, all special to me, but I highlight these just to show some of the differences between us. Maybe I am naive, and young, but sometimes I find it hard to believe that such different people can not only learn to co-exist, not only to respect each other, but to genuinely love and adore each other and enjoy spending time together. I mean, all these different people routinely sit together in lounges and in each other's houses and talk until dawn. Is this what most people do? I don't know if what we have is unique, but from the slim sliver of the world that I have experienced...I've never met anyone like us.
It's an experience that I feel confident in saying that I don't think many people have. I, We, are lucky to have each other. Learning to live with so many different opinions and people is, for lack of a better term, awesome. I learn something everyday, I hear different opinions and views, I witness beliefs in work, everyday. We learn from each other, and how to respect each other...and ourselves. Nobody has the right to judge anyone, here...everyone is welcome, and nobody within the group is judged by anyone else...it is a completely open, safe group of radicals and conservatives, who have learned how to love each other completely. I don't know how often that happens, but probably not very.
I will miss them horribly and tearfully when I leave.