This week, Mama Kat offered 5 awesome prompts. I could think of good stories for most of these:
1.) Write about a time a friend left you speechless.
2.) What would it take for you to pick up and move?
3.) A memorable neighbor.
4.) Write a poem about that time you were left behind.
5.) A song with significance.
So I'm going to start from the top today and save the rest to use later on.
Write about a time a friend left you speechless.
Immediately, one moment comes to mind....
I was in college, so I was probably 19 years old.
A group of us were out one night. There were maybe 5 or 6 of us.
We had been drinking (but I have no clue who got us our beer). Being the sneaky girls that we were, we poured our beer into empty McDonald's cups.
We ended up at a bowling alley. This was not something we normally did, but we had a blast. I was not the DD and was feeling pretty tipsy.
Two of us went to the bathroom, because teen age girls can't seem to ever go to the bathroom alone, right?
As we were finishing up and washing our hands, my friend sat up on the counter. She said, "I have to tell you something."
I was smiling & giggling from drinking the contents of my McDonald's cup, and I naively said, "Okay. What?"
"I had an abortion."
~~~ buzz kill~~~
I was speechless. I thought I knew this person but evidently I did not.
"My boyfriend & I went out of town last month & had it done. I wanted to tell you, but I knew I wouldn't have enough nerve unless we were drinking," she said.
Still, I stood in silence. All I could do was give her a hug.
I can't remember what was said next or even how we awkwardly left the restroom to rejoin our friends. I was so blown away with her news!
We never mentioned it again, and our relationship was never the same.
I have still, to this day, never told another person.
Remember my The "A" word post? I wonder how my friend feels about her decision now, 15 years later.