Growing up was a pretty damn good childhood. However I wasn’t exactly raised with a white picket fence around my house. We were poor but my mom did her best. Though we lived in a lower income area we were surrounded by fantastic people. You know that whole don’t judge a book by it’s cover, well ya
Anyways what I did not know until my teenage years was that my Aunt and my Uncle were addicted to crack. As I got older I watched them battle with their demons. I watched them get clean only to go back to it.
I remember the last time my Auntie told me she was clean. I said “Ya for how long this time” and she told me she was going to make me eat my words. I told her I would be more than happy to choke on them.
2 years later and I am happily choking on my words. Both my Aunt and my Uncle are clean and I am so damn proud of them.
At the beginning of the hockey season my Aunt told me she always wanted to go to an Ottawa Senators hockey game. So when we made the playoffs I was right there buying 3 tickets. One for me, one for Tobei and one for my Aunt.
When I called her to tell her we were going she could barely speak she was so excited. She would not shut up for days and told everyone and told them multiple times. As game day approached though she got nervous. Auntie has severe anxiety and has problems walking long distances. We assured her everything would be ok.
When we got to the arena she could barely make it to the front doors. I told her to stay put and I went looking for a staff member. The staff member found a wheelchair and came and got my Aunt. They wheeled her right to where we had to go for our seats and marked down our seat numbers. At the end of the game they came and got us and had a wheelchair ready for her to push her back to the gate by our car. I could not stop raving about the service we received from the staff that night.
Though we did not win the game it was a great game. We all had an amazing time and my Aunt got her wish (she calls it her wish) to attend an Ottawa Senators game.
Auntie N and Uncle R I am so fricking proud of you guys. Words can never explain how much I love you and am proud of how far you have come.