Thank you Theodore…again!

18 08 2009

DSCN0984As I sit at home with my family, I find it very hard to not be the least bit nostalgic as I am surrounded by memories, old bits and bobbles, and more particularly the catalogue of every issue of the Harrison H.S. Prophet in which I wrote. 

In these amateur pages written by kids who had no clue of an inverted pyramid, I always felt free to express my thoughts on my own terms, in a way people, especially my peers, could relate. 

Of all the articles I wrote there was one I am most proud of, and, although it was the first article I ever wrote for the newspaper,  I saved it for the last issue of my H.S. career.  Here it is, unabridged and unchanged since its publication on May 5, 2006:

At the beginning of the school year on the fifteenth of August, I was walking out to my car just like any other day, when I saw my close friend Erica Stenstrom. She looked at me and asked “Hey Evan, do you want to go see Jimmy Eat World and Green Day in Nashville tonight?” At first, I was slightly caught off guard by the short notice, but I quickly replied with an exuberant “Yes!”

I picked up my phone and immediately called my mother and informed her of our plans. Then, we loaded up the mini van and it was off to sunny Nashville, Tennessee. Joining the excursion was Erica’s brother Nate, friends Josh Compton, Jenny Beck, and fellow senior Brittany Beeler.

With Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity in the CD player, the three hour journey was full of anticipation and at times some anxiety, and we were met with some tears of sadness when we experienced some horrific traffic in Kentucky that nearly made us miss the show.  With ten minutes left until the concert of the century, we finally arrived.

It seemed, however, we were the only ones there.  When we found an unusually close parking spot, a balding man walked up to the van and gave us a piece of paper saying the concert had been cancelled because one of the band members was sick.

Our hopes and dreams were quickly shattered  and everything seemed lost.  Myself and the others were also quite bitter about the pansy band member.

Now, we had tons of time to kill, but nothing to do.  Out of nowhere, the hopeful Nate said “How about some BBQ?” and with our heads down, we walked to the nearest restaurant.  From the street, we could hear the smooth sounds of a country band playing a cover of an old Jimmy Buffet song; it was not Jimmy Eat World, but it lifted our spirits nonetheless.

With our stomachs full of barbequed meat, the night began to improve and we wandered the streets to ponder life’s deepest mysteries.

I was enjoying my stroll when a man, slightly intoxicated and possibly insane, invited us in to his ice cream store.  As soon as we walked in, he began telling us his philosophies, how he use to be a rockstar, all the illnesses that could be cured with a bottle of cough syrup and how no matter what he always made the best of his situation.

After an hour of learning important life lessons from the man’s reversion to his past, it was time for us to leave and sadly bid farewell to Theodore the Ice Cream Man.

At the beginning of the school year I found myself sitting in class wondering how I would get through my Senior year and make the best out of it.

At first I was irritated with the 365 days I had left until I was in college, but then I remembered what Teddy the Ice Cream Man had said: “You guys have to live life to the fullest everyday and follow your dreams.  Not everything in life is going to work out the way you want it to, but if all else fails, I’ll pay the babes fifteen bucks an hour to work in this joint.” 

Thanks for the advice Theodore.

This year has been awesome, but of course there have been instances which were a little rough and times that were trying.  When the going gets tough, people tend to get bent out of shape or blame other people for their situation, but that is the worst thing you can do if you want to be happy and have joy in your life .  I was guilty of doing just that.

Times can get hard and things will happen that just don’t make sense, but have faith and do what Theodore says; make the best out of life.  You only live once.

Thanks again Theodore, your lessons transcend the years.

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