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Tyler the Roofer
by Diana White
As an adult, I realize how lucky I am that learning has always come easy for me. School was a breeze...at least the learning part. The real challenges began in high school where I found the social scene difficult to take. The different cliques, labeling someone popular or unpopular – often based on the financial status of their families – just didn’t seem right. Missing classes and then whole days of school became easier and easier. Do you know what I learned very quickly? No matter how smart you are, you have to attend classes and complete assignments to pass a course! As simple as that sounds, I was a know-it-all teenager and I refused to take advice from anyone. Like many kids in high school, I made some poor decisions that put graduating in jeopardy.
My family realized that remaining in the situation I had created for myself would result in nothing positive, so they decided it would be best for me to complete my high school somewhere else. I had relatives up north (about 5 hours away). After some discussion, one of my uncles and his wife agreed that I could stay with them while I completed my final year of school.
I wasn’t very enthusiastic about moving to a new city, but I was excited to get to know my father’s relatives a little better. He had passed away when I was 8 years old and there had been very little opportunity to visit his side of the family. Thankfully most of them lived in the same city so I knew I would have a chance to make some connections I had missed through the years.
A few weeks later I was in a new city and registered at a new school. It was the same high school that both of my parents had gone to. I have to admit that there was something very comforting about that. It really put my mind at ease somehow.
Life as an Adult
It turns out my family was right to suggest a move. I attended my classes regularly and my grades improved a lot. I very quickly had a nice group of friends and I was back on track to complete high school by the end of the school year. Not only that but I met a very special girl who became a big part of my life.
I really didn’t have any plans after graduating. Some of my friends went to university or college but there wasn’t much that I was interested in pursuing. I worked some odd jobs to make ends meet before I found something more permanent at a nearby factory. Then I was able to rent an apartment of my own and begin life as an adult. Life was pretty good for a while…until it wasn’t.
An unexpected break-up that left me heart-broken and a little bitter happened a few years later. Two years after that, I butted heads with new management at work and found myself without a job. There was nothing else keeping me up north so I decided to move back south.