Do you believe my 25th high school reunion was
yesterday?! I'm not that old, am I? Ha ha!
After working Friday and Saturday on repairing the
quarantine pen roof, Tony, Isabel and I finally
finished it. It is safe and sound, clean, protected
by electric fencing and ready for three pending duck
rescues. I know, I know... I said I have to slim
down... but then I just couldn't bear to hear that
they were out there with no other alternatives, so I
caved. Two pekin girls and one swede boy.
Anyway... after a long day of working, I set off to
my reunion when I probably should have taken a good
nap! It was worth it though. I spoke to a couple
friends from elementary school and we shared some
good laughs. I also reconnected with a couple of
friends from high school that I fell out of touch
with because of course selections and full time work
(I worked over 40 hours a week through my Jr. & Sr.
I even talked to a few ladies that I recognized, but
didn't know personally back then and they were
really wonderful too.
So then I got to thinking... While high school was
mostly boring for me (I couldn't wait for the
monotony to end), I tried to gather what I got most
out of it all and came up with this:
When I was in high school, I said the things I
wanted to say, did the things I wanted to do, wore
the clothes I wanted to wear, listened to the music
I wanted to hear and liked the people I wanted to
like. Sure I caught some hell for it, sure I got
teased now and then, but you know what? I wasn't
hurting anyone, so I kept true to myself and kept on
believing in me. I never let anyone change me or
ruin my viewpoint. I stuck true. So all these years
later, when people compliment me on my strength,
determination and perseverance, I would say high
school was the place where it all began to emerge. I
never caved. Today our rescues depend on me for
Ironic thing is, the handful of kids who teased me
never hurt me at all--not one bit. In the end, four
of my closest friends betrayed me--each in their own
time and most of them over boys. Which today makes
me laugh and wonder... couldn't any of those silly
girls find their own stinkin' boyfriends? Why were
they always chasing after mine? Sheesh. That's
pretty bad when a girl has to hide her dates from
her own best friends. Like I always say to Tony:
There is no sisterhood!
What does this all have to do with ducks and geese?
Not much. But it has everything to do with running
an animal sanctuary and doing one of the most
difficult, but most rewarding jobs on the planet.
And staying true to myself and all of the animals in
our care no matter what the obstacle might be.
Young Matthew (who isn't so young anymore... 9
years & 8 months)