After my four year sentence was up, we headed to South Carolina to move residences once again; same time period, same season.That summer changed my life completely. I reinvented myself, my personality, my attitude towards everything, even my look. Every weekend my family would go hiking. They might have thought that it was just getting some exercise, but to me it was so much greater. I fell in love with the mountains that I never had been able to experience before. I was like a dog sticking it’s head out the window for the first time, or a kid getting their first game-boy. It opened a whole new window for me.
Once I reached the age of ten, my mother made the conscious decision to moved to Florida. My house was 2000 square feet; Three quarters of that was just the living room and kitchen. My mom worked her ass off just to pull this humble place together. We occupied that address for four years in total; and every minute of it was a living hell. I was constantly getting into trouble, hanging out with the wrong crowd, my grades plummeted, and I was avoiding contact with my family any way possible. “How could you not lover Florida?”, It’s actually quite simple. The heat and humidity was dreadful, I found that the people were not genuine and lacked substance, and there was a constant game of connect the dots from mosquito bites had gotten the day prior.
Behind my house was a smaller house that slowly aged. The porch swing needed to be greased, and the lock needed to be replaced. On top of the wooden bunk bed was normally rat droppings or the occasional wolf spider. A large tree could be seen from the window above the bed. A cherry oak bench was recently built around it; which was quite stunning. Behind that smaller house was a minute forest that was about 5 feet in width and stretched a couple miles in both directions. I would stay idle sitting in the grass looking at everything surrounding my person; the humming birds that sipped the sugar water from the feeder I had just refilled, the chipmunks that chased each other underneath my house, but most of all that house that I could not help keep from aging.